Amazon Comes to South Carolina!

Company Announces 2,500 Potential Jobs

Online retail giant plans to create 1,249 jobs by the end of 2013.  Amazon estimates employment could hit 2,500 during peak demand and reported that the “vast bulk” of those employees will be hired locally.

Attractive benefits offered include:

  • Low labor costs
  • Property tax breaks
  • Donation of space at a county industrial park
  • Proximity to both the Columbia Metropolitan Airport and coastal ports 

To facilitate choosing SC as a site for the distribution center, Lexington County approved steps to repeal the Sunday sales restriction to accommodate Amazon’s 24-hour operation.

Lexington County reports that the average wage at Amazon would be $15/hour. SC Economist and Researcher Doug Woodward estimates an additional 40 cents will be put into the economy for every $1 in Amazon wages.  The Chattanooga (TN) Times Free Press has a video on Amazon’s impact from operations opening in their state.

The company will start building its new $40 million distribution center in early 2011 near Cayce off Interstate 77 and I-26 in Lexington County, with plans for a fall 2011 opening.