Amazon intends to open a sorting center in La Vergne, its second facility in the town, and Vi-Jon, the producer of Germ-X, is expanding in Smyrna, the chamber said.
In August, Amazon Logistics announced a new delivery station in La Vergne. Now, they are announcing plans to open a sorting center in November, the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce/Destination Rutherford said Tuesday.
The 256,000-square-foot sorting center will employ about 1,100 new associates, the chamber said.
"La Vergne continues to show that its business-friendly policies and low taxes attract global leaders to the city," La Vergne Mayor Jason Cole said in a statement. "With our diverse workforce and interstate access, La Vergne is proud to welcome Amazon’s newest sorting center to Middle Tennessee."
Cole told the Murfreesboro Post that Amazon is not receiving any taxpayer incentives. The center will be located in Park 24 on Mason Road.
“This is a win for La Vergne,” Cole said. “This celebrates the strength of our workforce in La Vergne.”
The center will sort packages before being transferred to a delivery station or last-mile delivery partner for final delivery for customers. The sort center is hiring new full-time and part-time associate jobs, all paying at least $15 per hour. For more information about open positions, visit amazon.force.com.
The other Amazon site in La Vergne is being built on the corner of Bain Drive and Mason Road. Amazon announced that project in August, according to a Post story at the time. It is involved in handling Amazon’s last-mile efforts to speed up deliveries for customers in Rutherford County. Such a center was also announced for Wilson County.
Amazon has a fulfillment center in Murfreesboro.
The chamber also announced that personal care products manufacturer Vi-Jon will expand its capacity in Smyrna and St. Louis. It is adding 400 jobs and investing $70 million at the two sites. Its flagship brand is Germ-X hand sanitizer.
"Vi-Jon is a great community partner and an example of the economic vibrancy of our community," Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed said in a statement. "We are grateful for their announcement of an investment of over $35 million and 200 new jobs at the Smyrna facility."
Greg Billhartz, president and chief strategy officer for Vi-Jon, said in a statement that more than half the investments are expected to occur at the Smyrna facility. He said that was "given the available space and relative size of the company's manufacturing facilities and anticipated product mix."