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Amazon To Build Facilities In Murfreesboro, Lebanon

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Governor Bill Haslam announced Thursday that Amazon will build two new fulfillment centers in Murfreesboro and Lebanon, creating more than 1,300 new jobs along with a $135 million investment in the state.

Along with facilities in Wilson, Hamilton and Bradley Counties, Amazon will create more than 3,300 jobs and bring more than $270 million investment to the state.

"This is exciting news for Middle Tennessee and the entire state as Amazon continues to grow and expand its presence here," Haslam said. "We appreciate the company's significant investment and ongoing partnership to create and grow Tennessee jobs."

"We're thrilled to create more than 1,300 additional jobs in Tennessee and are thankful to Governor Haslam and state, county and local leaders for their continued commitment to Amazon jobs and investment," said Dave Clark, vice president, Amazon North American operations. "We're proud to call Tennessee home and look forward to serving our customers from these new facilities in Murfreesboro and Lebanon."

That's good news for people like, Kristen Posey, who spends a lot of time these days looking for a job.

"There's not nearly as many available right now," she said sitting behind a computer at the Tennessee Career Center in Murfreesboro.

The former assistant office manager has had to rely on family, friends and even public assistance to get by in recent months.

"I'm used to being on the other side where I'm always giving the help, I'm not used to being the one getting the help," Posey said. "I want to take on anything for the moment. Whatever will get me through the moment."

Local leaders call the announcement a massive accomplishment after losing another major employer, Borders, earlier this year.

"Having another large company, like an Amazon, also a great corporate citizen come into our community that's a huge boost for our local economy," said Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce VP of Economic Development Holly Spears.

For Posey the boost could mean a totally different life. She's already applied online and now waiting to see if she'll be one of the thousands going to work for Amazon across Tennessee.

"That means bring it on. I'm in there," she said jokingly.

Crews will begin construction in the next few weeks. Both facilities are expected to be complete by next fall.

Amazon also announced that it is donating $20,000 to the Books from Birth Foundation for its chapters in Wilson, Rutherford, Bradley and Hamilton counties.

Seattle-based Inc. agreed to a deal earlier this year to expand its presence in the state, but that would require Amazon to start collecting Tennessee sales taxes in 2014.

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