Friday, December 21, 2018

Amazon Coming to Mississippi

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement.


Amazon is locating a consumer goods fulfillment center in Marshall County. The project will create 850 jobs over three years.

“I am proud to welcome Amazon as the newest member of the Mississippi business community. Amazon’s presence demonstrates to industry leaders around the globe that Mississippi has what it takes for companies like Amazon to remain competitive and efficiently reach their consumers from our attractive location in the Southeast U.S.,” Gov. Phil Bryant said.

Amazon is currently making improvements to an existing 554,000-square-foot building in the Chickasaw Trails Industrial Park.

“We are excited to bring our first fulfillment center to Mississippi, creating 850 full-time jobs with a $15 minimum hourly wage,” said John Felton, Amazon’s Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment. “We appreciate the state and local elected leaders who have supported Amazon’s entrance into Mississippi and we look forward to providing great job opportunities and an exceptional customer experience.”

The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for building construction and road improvements. Marshall County is providing assistance for road improvements, as well as ad valorem tax exemptions. The Tennessee Valley Authority is also assisting with the project.

“Mississippi’s teamwork at the federal, state and local levels, Marshall County’s proximity to a distribution hub and the region’s skilled workforce, were instrumental in Amazon’s decision to locate its new fulfillment center in our state,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “The Mississippi Development Authority, working with Marshall County, Marshall County Industrial Development Authority and TVA, is proud to support Amazon as the company creates 850 career opportunities for the people of North Mississippi.”

Learn more about job opportunities with Amazon at www.Amazondelivers.jobs.

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Alright, Pheel!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy for Marshall County. but I sure wish the state would remember Southwest Mississippi. We get no help from the state at all.

Anonymous said...

Agree with 10:17. Forty miles north or south of Hwy 84 from Natchez to Waynesboro is no man's land for any new industrial development for many decades.

Kingfish said...

Companies generally want quick access to education and airports as well as other companies. Getting harder to create stuff in the middle of nowhere.

Anonymous said...

While I wud MUCH rather have sumthin than nuttin---WTH is a "FULLFILLMENT CENTER"? Holly Springs/ Marshall County needs all the help it can get but this sounds like Amazon (w spare change) tossin a bone to Mississippi as part of their "feel good" charity work----what kinda jobs? Sounds like Amazon is proxy for govt program w tax benefits and feel good benefits-----NOT TRYIN TO BE NEGATIVE JUST SKEPTICAL OF REAL BENEFITS!!!

Anonymous said...

I, for one, welcome our new overlords.... :)

Anonymous said...

We need all we can get in MS but WTH is a "FULFILLMENT CENTER"? Sounds like Amazon throwin a lil "tip money" at Holly Springs to get "feel good" benefits and tax credits------PLEASE don't get me wrong but WTH is this but ANOTHER BS government program funded by private enterprise w NO TANGIBLE TRANSEFFABLE JOB SKILLS!!!

Anonymous said...

@11:14 We shore do need a lot of them "TRANSEFFABLE" skills... :)

Anonymous said...

MARSHALL COUNTY has been living off the MDA teat for the past 5 years. The county does't put up the first damn dime for these projects and go running straight to Jackson for everybody else's $ EVERYTIME!

Anonymous said...

Feel and Tater think a warehouse or chicken plant job is some kind of fabulous career. Every state gets things like this.

Anonymous said...

But we have an offensive state flag. How could the PC police allow this?

Anonymous said...

A 'fulfillment center' fulfills customer orders. Sorta like the Levis Fulfillment Center in Gluckstadt. But you thought they made britches there, right. This center like the one in Gluckstadt is only a warehouse that ships (fulfills) stuff made in other countries when orders are received. Feel left out that part.

Companies don't locate in the boondocks where there is a limited workforce, no rail or highway system, no air system, zero community amenities and nothing to attract a management team, their spouses and children.

Anonymous said...

As of December 2018 (this month), Amazon has 139 distribution centers with 34 more announced. They also have over 500,000 employees.

So Mississippi getting one distribution center and 800 employees doesn't get us out of last place on the list of Amazon employees and distribution centers. This is really akin to doing a press release in the 1890s because Mississippi got a large post office.

And to think, we had to get MDA involved and offer incentives just to get this one!

Anonymous said...

All of the jobs "created" by Amazon replace merely a fraction of the jobs lost over the last decade in retail. Its just a shift in one distribution model to a different one. Nothing new create, just squeezing a bit of efficiency out of the chain, that's all. Congrats to Macon though.

Anonymous said...

Remember when Jackson did a big press conference to announce they are paving one road? Kind of the same thing.

Anonymous said...

The US Post office has lost almost 300,000 jobs since 2000, mainly due to companies like Amazon. No doubt Mississippi lost their fair share, so picking up a few Amazon warehouse workers is nice, but not exactly turning us into Silicon Valley.

https://about.usps.com/who-we-are/postal-history/employees-since-1926.pdf

PittPanther said...

10:17am, we're tired of subsidizing your choice to live in the middle of nowhere. The country and the world is becoming more Urban. Move or get left behind, the choice is yours.

Anonymous said...

This is great Mississippi is getting 800 jobs that pay about 31k a year. Louisana is getting two plants in 2019 with 2000 Jobs averaging 75k a year. If you are give them tax breaks at least get your monies worth.

Anonymous said...

Wait, did I read correctly that it took the MDA, the county of Marshall and the TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY getting involved just to get Amazon to open a warehouse down the road from the Memphis airport?

I suppose the land is much cheaper there than it is in Olive Branch. Watch out for those self driving cargo trucks!

Anonymous said...

So..to follow along on the post at 12:56, since there are 139 Distribution Centers and 34 more coming on line, this is either fake news or no news at all.

And since NAFTA and Trade Imbalances sucked away thousands of Mississippi Jobs over the past forty years, when we have a new company coming in with, say, 200 jobs, we have no reason to celebrate.

And after I lost 20 pounds in the past year, I need to just shut up about it since I gained 35 over the past four years.

Shit if that ain't some dumb thought-process right there!

What you lettuce-heads don't understand is the fact that we should celebrate gains instead of continuing to bitch about past losses.

Anonymous said...

1:24....yes, celebrate and have a party. We got our first warehouse. Out of 173, we got our first. Using taxpayer funded incentives. Go have a party.

Anonymous said...

If you gained 35 pounds over 4 years, you might have a disorder. But go ahead and celebrate with a buffet dinner. And do a press release about it. I assume 1:24 works at MDA.

Anonymous said...

do they stock cough syrup and breath mints? asking for a friend in politics..

Anonymous said...

I'm sure Innovate Mississippi will put the logo on their website and crow about how they helped yet another great tech company.

Anonymous said...

It's easy to see the politics here. I am happy for Mississippi. They put it there because of the proximity to Fed Ex, i'm sure. It's because of I69 probably. It's better than the center going to southern Tennessee or West Memphis. Haters, carry on.

Anonymous said...

Still waiting on Alexa to give me the winning lottery numbers.

Anonymous said...

Well that settles it. The Amazon Logo will be on the new state flag.

Anonymous said...

The internet sales tax that Amazon volunteered to collect for MS had nothing to do with this, I'm sure.

I will give all of my fellow Mississippians a little tip. 90% of the cheap garbage for sale on Amazon is available cheaper, straight from China on wish.com or aliexpress.com and their shipping is also subsidized by the US Post Office.

wish.com also sells a AR15 parts for 75% off the gun websites (cough...CTD) mark up and resell from China.

Anonymous said...

As far as wish.com, do a web search for "reviews wish.com" and you won't want to sign up. They are a Chicom (Chinese Commie) company.

Anonymous said...

Amazing that negative nabobs will always find a way to bitch about positive news. 800 jobs with a minimum start rate of fifteen bucks an hour (many will be higher) has got to be negative news. We really need 800 folks to remain on the unemployed or under-employed rolls don't we?

Who gives a rat's ass how many similar facilities exist in the country? What's that got to do with anything? Say it with me....NOTHING. Happily, the fact is, Mississippi landed this one and it will benefit the local economy and the standard of living of 800 households multiplied by three.

Anonymous said...

@ 7:10 PM

I am pretty good at searching. Are you?

Wish.com was founded in 2010 by Peter Szulczewski (CEO) and Danny Zhang (CTO), former programmers at Google and Yahoo.

My search results return the following:

Wish.com HQ
1 Sansome St
San Francisco, CA 94104

Anonymous said...

I bet the powers that be are patting themselves on the back for
"bringing" Amazon to MS. Paaaalease.

Hope they didn't give Amazon any tax breaks to come to MS. They would have done it anyways and I hate when a small business has to pay more in taxes than their larger competitors.

Anonymous said...

Alexa, how do you spell corporate welfare?

Anonymous said...

MDA, the county and the TN Valley Authority all ponied up on this one.

Cynical Sam said...

We don't need Amazon. Keep the unwashed masses on the welfare plantation. If the unemployed get jobs, then the social welfare bureaucrats won't have anything to do, and we can't have that, and the politicians won't have anyone to pander to.

Plus, if there is a fullfillment center in MS those Amazon packages might arrive sooner, and who wants that?

Anonymous said...

Let me guess, Haley called me and secured their work for ButlerSnowjob...

Anonymous said...

8:28 - What do you know about 'corporate welfare'? Do you know that all states offer incentives to prospective industries and that tax abatement and other such incentives have been standard practice for almost 80 years in this state?

You're just another frog mimicking the sound of other frogs you hear in the dark.

Anonymous said...

If they were bringing 800 jobs in the bigger side of their business (webservices) that would be *real* good news for this state.

Anonymous said...

Before anybody gets excited about having an Amazon fulfillment center in Mississippi please read up on the working conditions and deadlines that must be met while working there.

It is a harsh work environment and they bend the laws and rules of their own guidelines.

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