Amazon deal in Wilson County wins award

The Lebanon Amazon project, when combined with the new center in Murfreesboro, was one of only 30 projects recognized nationally to receive the prestigious award.The project, originally identified as Project Tango, will create up to 390 jobs in addition to hundreds of additional seasonal jobs each season.Wilson County has already experienced the impact of Amazon as the company has occupied more than 400,000 square feet of space in the Park 840 Industrial Park since 2011.

This is an aerial photo of the work under way on the new Amazon facility in Lebanon off State Route 840 between Central Pike and Stewarts Ferry Pike.

G.C. Hixson, executive director of the JECDB, said that it was a great honor to be included in the Trade & Industry magazines 2001 projects.He indicated that the award was the result of many individuals working together for locate the internationally client.He especially identified the work of the JECDB staff and Board as well as the City of Lebanon and of the Wilson County Commission.

Trade and Industry magazines web site indicated that while the awards were based upon the corporate investment and community impact it also considered other criteria including total jobs created, unemployment levels, income levels, and plant closings.The magazine editors indicate that hundreds of submissions are received each year for considerations with the awards being based upon verifiable information without any monetary influences.A full list of the winners is available at

As for specifics of the Wilson County project, work continues on the new 1 million square foot facility which will sit on 78 acres on the west side of State Route 840 between Central Pike and Stewarts Ferry Pike.The facility when completed will include distribution, fulfillment and administrative operations.

The JECDB is assisting the City of Lebanon in administering the states FastTrack infrastructure and industrial access grants for the project which is scheduled for September 2012.

Nelson Steed, chairman of the JECDB, said that Amazons decision and the award was the result of the of a lot of people throughout the community working together to bring the project to Wilson County. He applauded the work of the agency and looked forward to continued positive impact that the center and the associated benefits will bring to the community.