Amazon hosts grand opening at Murfreesboro Fulfillment Center
April 5, 2013 5:29 PM
Reported By Chris Bundgaard, Reporter - bio | email
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -
Barely a year after breaking ground, the giant Amazon facility on the outskirts of Murfreesboro showed itself off Friday during a grand opening full of politicians, company execs and Middle Tennessee media.
The one-million square foot "fulfillment center" has actually been distributing and shipping its varied products since last fall so it could take advantage of the lucrative holiday online season, but this was one of the first looks inside the facility which now employs more than 1,100 workers.
As he was leading a tour of the facility, Vice President of North American Operations Mike Roth told Nashville's News 2 the Rutherford County center played an important role in world's largest online retailer shipping "306 items per second" during Cyber Monday last November 26.
"Typically we are looking at tens of thousands of items daily shipped from here," he said.
Along with its size that matches 25-football fields, Amazon touted its four-miles of conveyor belts that are constantly whirring and carrying boxes big and small through the facility.
The Amazon jobs which jumped from 400-last fall to the current levels are one of the reasons Rutherford County landed once again as one of the top places for employment growth.
Figures released within the last month show it at number two and the top county in the Southeast United States.
One of the faces behind the figures is 21-year-old Mike Moore who was in the first wave of workers hired by Amazon last fall.
While checking a dizzying array of orders on a computer screen, he said "most of the workers are local, maybe a few from Nashville, but a lot of management was brought in by Amazon."
Amazon has three other facilities in Tennessee employing several thousand workers.
The first was built in the Chattanooga area, with the other two in nearby Wilson County.