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All Hands on Deck


All Hands on Deck

Leon County officials, concerned over closings and delays of Amazon’s national network of distribution centers, are now more optimistic that the e-commerce giant’s $200-million Tallahassee fulfillment center is on track to open later this year.

Their growing confidence is based on news that Amazon has brought on board senior executives to manage the facility expected to bring about new 1,000 jobs to the area.

District 4 Leon County Commissioner Brian Welch says Amazon is establishing its leadership and management team in advance of a “full hiring blitz,” which he expects will happen in the next “several months.”

The next step will be stocking the 600,000-sq.-ft. facility, says Welch.

The building itself was completed earlier this year and is currently undergoing installation of robotic machinery and handling equipment.

Amazon contractors began work on the building in 2021 and anticipated it would be open for business in late 2022. But soon after the start of construction, the Seattle-based company began slashing expenses because of supply chain issues, inflation and a nationwide slowdown in consumer demand.


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