In two separate announcements from Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s office on July 10 and 11, respectively, he announced that Amazon will open a new fulfillment center in Gwinnett/DeKalb counties that will create 1,000 new jobs, and Kroger and Ocado Solutions will build a new Kroger distribution facility in Forest Park that will create 410 jobs.
Amazon to build 700,000-s.f. facility
Amazon will lease a built-to-suit building, which will be developed by Seefried Industrial Properties, and cover acreage in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties. Employees at the approximately 700,000-s.f. facility will pick, pack, and ship customer orders. In addition, Amazon will hire for roles in human resources, operations management, safety, security, finance and information technology.
“Amazon is proud to serve customers across Georgia and throughout the southeast region of the United States,” said Roy Perticucci, VP of customer fulfillment at Amazon. “Amazon has found an outstanding workforce, strong local support and incredible customers in the state, and we look forward to creating 1,000 new, full-time jobs with industry leading pay and benefits on day one.”
“We’re proud to have Amazon expanding their footprint in Georgia and thrilled to have them in Gwinnett,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chair Charlotte Nash. “The distribution center brings a tremendous financial investment, representing 1,000 new jobs and numerous business opportunities for the local economy. On behalf of myself and Gwinnett County, we look forward to this momentous partnership between our community and one of the world’s leading online retailers.”
Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Senior Project Manager Hank Evans represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with Georgia EMC and Partnership Gwinnett.
“We are thrilled that Amazon is continuing to invest in Georgia,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Our state’s pro-business environment makes us a competitive choice for major companies looking to expand their already robust operations. Amazon already employs more than 3,500 Georgians, and we are grateful that they will be expanding their footprint in our state. Congratulations to our economic development partners for being part of this exciting announcement.”
Kroger and Ocado to invest $55 million
Kroger and Ocado Solutions, a company specializing in cloud, robotics, and IT for retailers, will spend $55 million on the new Kroger distribution facility in Clayton County, next to an existing Kroger distribution center in Forest Park.
Ocado’s technology, robotics and automation will help Kroger distribute its products to customers throughout the Southeast.
“The new facility will provide Kroger the ability to bring customers across the coverage area fresher food faster than ever before,” said Tim Brown, president of Kroger’s Atlanta division. “I’m thrilled the Atlanta market was selected as one of the 20 CFC [customer fulfillment center] sites, and this location is a tribute to the commitment and enthusiasm that Kroger has for the City of Forest Park, Clayton County and the state of Georgia.”
Kroger and Ocado decided to locate the new facility in Clayton County after a competitive search.
“Kroger and Ocado’s first customer fulfillment center in metro Atlanta will transform the e-commerce experience for customers in the region,” said Luke Jensen, CEO of Ocado Solutions. “In a fast-developing landscape for grocery retail, Kroger’s determination to continue delivering the best experience for its customers—online and in stores—is unparalleled.”
The company will be hiring technicians and filling other positions in engineering, operations and customer service.
“This announcement by Kroger and Ocado is a testament to the strength of Georgia’s business climate and the draw of our talent and logistics,” said GDEcD’s Wilson. “We are looking forward to watching the success of this new facility as they ramp up operations here in Georgia.”