Mayor: Amazon pledges $15 hourly wage at Savannah fulfillment center

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A new Amazon fulfillment center is coming to the Savannah area, Gov. Brian Kemp recently announced.

The approximately 640,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in 2022 on Pine Meadow Drive between the Hostess City and Pooler.

“We can finally welcome Amazon to our community,” Savannah Mayor Van Johnson said.

It’s expected to bring 1,000 full-time jobs to the area. Johnson says the company has pledged to pay employees no less than $15 an hour.

“I applaud Amazon for stepping up to the plate to offer more livable wages to Savannah, and that’s what we are trying to do for our entire community,” said Johnson.

Georgia Southern economics professor, Mike Toma, says higher-paying jobs will funnel more money back into the local economy.

“The individuals who have those jobs now are going to go out and spend some portion of their take-home supporting jobs in other sectors of the economy,” said Toma. “So there is an economic ripple effect.”

Rendering of a new Amazon fulfillment center in Savannah (Georgia Department of Economic Development)

Johnson says the fact that Amazon picked Savannah speaks volumes about the local business community and infrastructure.

“During a pandemic, we are engaging with Amazon,” the mayor said, “as many communities want Amazon, begging for Amazon in their community, and we were able to land Amazon in our community.”

Employees will be tasked with packing and shipping orders with the help of robotics technology. The fulfillment center will handle smaller packages, like books, toys and other household items.

“So that means I may get my stuff the same day — maybe,” Johnson said jokingly.

The state’s first Amazon robotics fulfillment center opened in Stone Mountain this year.

“I appreciate Amazon’s continued commitment to creating well-paying e-commerce jobs for hardworking Georgians and look forward to the positive impact it will bring to the coastal region,” Kemp stated.

“Georgia’s connectivity, combined with smart planning and investment, has helped our state secure its spot as the No. 1 state for logistics and infrastructure and enhances our ability to attract major investments from world-renowned companies like Amazon,” the governor added.

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