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Kemp comes to Appling for Amazon grand opening

Published: Oct. 1, 2021 at 9:08 AM EDT
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APPLING (WRDW/WAGT) - The new Amazon fulfillment center in Appling celebrated its grand opening Friday morning with a visit from the governor and other dignitaries.

It has nine football fields worth of space, 9 miles of conveyor belts alone and room for thousands of employees.

But the employees aren’t the only workers; they’re joined by hundreds of robots shifting packages across the center.

Amazon started employees off with $15 minimum wage.

Inside, there’s a wellness center and free personal protection gear for employees.

Hundreds of employees will work alongside Amazon robotics equipment at the new distribution...
Hundreds of employees will work alongside Amazon robotics equipment at the new distribution center in Appling.(WRDW)

Columbia County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the state, and just before Gov. Brian Kemp stepped inside for a tour, we talked with him about what this means for continued growth in the county and the CSRA.

“Well, I think its just great not only for Columbia County but our commitment to strengthen jobs in rural Georgia,” he told News 12. “I think about people in McDuffie County and Lincoln County, it creates great opportunity for them if they don’t have it in their home county. And we’re continuing to see that in other places across the state. But Columbia County has just been — and really his whole area across the state — Richmond, Columbia the teams down here are so good to work with.”

Besides the direct employment the center is bringing to the area, its impact will be much larger than that.

The facility is one of the most innovative operations facilities in the state and is the state’s second robotics site.

There is also an Amazon sorting center under construction right across the street that will bring hundreds more jobs. That center is set to open a few months from now in December or January.

Hundreds of employees will work alongside Amazon robotics equipment at the new distribution...
Hundreds of employees will work alongside Amazon robotics equipment at the new distribution center in Appling.(WRDW)

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