Amazon.com is ready to start hiring employees for two distribution centers it’s building near Chattanooga. A news release from the online retailer says the warehouses will open this fall, creating 1,200 jobs.
A statement from Amazon says “we’re committed to growth in Tennessee because the people here have demonstrated their commitment to Amazon jobs.” It says Amazon is evaluating locations for as many as three additional fulfillment centers in the state, for a total of 2,700 full-time jobs, and thousands of seasonal positions.
The company is touting the positions – and their retirement and health plans – as state lawmakers consider a bill this week that targets Amazon. It would make the retailer collect sales tax on Tennessee purchases now that the company has a presence here. Amazon has pulled jobs out of other states for pushing the sales tax issue.