Amazon has made it official: the online retailer will soon open two new warehouses in Murfreesboro and Lebanon. Combined, the facilities will create more than 1300 jobs.
Rutherford County mayor Ernest Burgess says that’s a good shot in the arm for an area that’s lost similar distribution center jobs to layoffs in recent years.
Burgess emphasizes that the new jobs will be full-time at a level of pay that he calls “upper-middle.” Still, he says the county is still hoping to bring in a wider variety of businesses.
“We’re still trying very hard to get something in the level of a corporate headquarters or something here whereby we would have higher paying jobs, in what we might call, instead of more blue collar, more white collar jobs.”
Burgess hints that there are a few possibilities along those lines that he’s hoping to see come to fruition. As for the Amazon facilities, they’re expected to be up and running by fall.