Amazon is coming to Lexington County South Carolina bringing along with jobs

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Published on December 16, 2010

Amazon is coming to Lexington County South Carolina bringing along with jobs

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Amazon.com is coming to Lexington County South Carolina and promises 1,200-plus jobs

I am reprinting this article from thestate.com as they will remove articles from online after a couple of weeks. Good to hear that there is some job growth. Happy Holiday wishes from Adrian.

Amazon.com plans to begin construction next month; Lexington County Council offers incentives including to repeal Sunday sales restrictions

By TIM FLACH – tflach@thestate.com

Online retailer Amazon.com intends to bring more jobs than initially estimated for its new distribution center it plans to build near Cayce, a company executive said Tuesday. The announcement came as Lexington County Council members approved a package of incentives for the project that include the first step to repeal Sunday sales restrictions, a change wanted by the company to facilitate its around-the-clock operation. Plans calls for a work force of 1,249 by the end of 2013 at the center off I-77 near I-26 plus up to 2,500 temporary jobs when demand surges, the “vast bulk” of which will be filled locally, company director of policy Fred Kiga said.

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Company officials plan to hold job fairs next year to hire most of the staff for their next distribution center near Cayce. No dates are set. The average wage will be around $15, Lexington County officials said. The company wants to start building the $40 million facility next month and be up and running next fall, he said.

Amazon.com’s arrival is good news for the Midlands

“That’s a lot of jobs to add in 2011,” University of South Carolina economist and researcher Doug Woodward said, referring to the depressed state and national economies. “It’s not by any means our BMW or our Boeing but we could use more of this.” The project developed after things didn’t come together in an earlier effort to bring a facility to the state, Gov. Mark Sanford told county officials. Several factors led to the selection of the site for the new center, Kiga said. Among them are labor costs and the site’s location near Columbia Metropolitan Airport and coastal ports, he said. The incentives include property tax breaks for the company that increase with employment and donation of 90 acres for the facility at a county industrial park. State commerce officials are chipping in $2.5 million for the land donation. A distribution center likely will not produce as much spinoff in attracting new business as a manufacturer, Woodward said.

But Amazon.com is a “marquee name” whose arrival is likely to attract the attention of other companies to the Midlands, he said. The payroll multiplier effect of its work force is likely to be about 40 additional cents for every $1 of Amazon employee pay, he estimated. Lexington County officials estimate the average wage will be $15 per hour initially. It’s the second center the company is adding in the Southeast, both of which will serve customers globally, Kiga said. The other is in Tennessee. The deal includes a promise by county officials to repeal a ban on most retail sales before 1:30 p.m. on Sundays, a restriction that has faded in adjoining Richland County and other parts of South Carolina. It’s a surprise move that council chairman Jim Kinard of Swansea said is aimed partly at making the company more comfortable. Repeal will assure that the company’s operations aren’t hindered unexpectedly, he said. “The company didn’t favor the county having that on the books,” he said. “They want to make sure nothing unexpected comes up.” County leaders already were discussing repeal as a way to assist struggling retailers, with Amazon.com’s arrival adding impetus to the interest, he said. Local Sunday sales restrictions could disappear by Dec. 31, he said.

Amazon.com’s decision to open a center continues a series of economic wins for Lexington County during the past two years:

• Officials at four other distribution centers have said that they would create as many as 1,000 more jobs. U.S. Foodservice said that it expanded its distribution facility and added up to 100 jobs.

• TD Bank, the new owner of Carolina First, said in November it is adding 50 jobs at its mortgage operations center.

• FPL Food, a beef processor, said during the summer that it is reopening its West Columbia facility and hiring 150.

• Akebono Brake Corp. plans to add 280 jobs.

• DHL plans to open a delivery processing center that could employ 200.

• The new $85 million State Farmers Market opened near Dixiana.

• SCANA Corp., the state’s only Fortune 500 company, moved its headquarters and much of its operations to Cayce in 2009

Read more: http://www.thestate.com/2010/12/08/1596108/amazoncom-promises-1200-plus-jobs.html#ixzz18IRj7LW5

This article is brought to you by Columbia SC New Homes real estate agent Adrian La Fosse of Asset Realty. You can reach Adrian at (803) 622-9731 for local Columbia information.

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