Since launching a hiring website after the announcement on July 28 that Amazon.com would open a fulfillment center in Lebanon, the company has received more than 3,000 applications and hired hundreds.
Since the website went live in July, over 3,200 local residents applied for jobs at the fulfillment center that is to be located on State Route 840 near Highway 109. Amazon is expecting to hire between 400 and 500 employees to work at the 500,000 square foot facility.
Last week, Amazon conducted personal interviews at The Mill in Lebanon for almost 400 of the people who applied online. Job offers were extended to more than 270 applicants.
Were thrilled that weve been able to make hundreds of job offers to Tennesseans in the Lebanon area and we want to thank Mayor (Randall) Hutto and the Joint Economic & Community Development Board of Wilson County for their support, said Cambria Kelly, Amazons project manager of human resources.
Amazon is conducting interviews for up to 100 additional full-time positions at the fulfillment center. They are still accepting applications for hundreds of temporary positions in Lebanon.
To apply, you may search for the Amazon job openings at http://staffmanagement.greatjob.net/jobs/EntryServlet?job=780S&media=APH.
We are still hiring for hundreds of additional jobs and weve been really impressed with the level of interest and the quality of applications weve received, Kelly said.
While Amazon is hiring hundreds in the local community, the battle about whether the company should be forced to collect and remit sales taxes like every other brick-and-mortar business in Tennessee, is still ongoing at the state and local levels.
Local businessman A.J. McCall, owner of D.T. McCall & Sons furniture store, and the national organization Alliance for Main Street Fairness spoke out against Amazon being an exception to the rule of having to collect and remit sales taxes.
Gov. Bill Haslam continued an agreement extended to Amazon by former Gov. Phil Bredesen that did not require the online retailer to collect or remit sales taxes in Tennessee.
Tennessees positive business climate has helped pave the way for us to make Tennessee our new home and we look forward to being part of the Lebanon community, Kelly said.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post /firstname.lastname@example.org