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3 more Amazon facilities for S.C.?

May 18, 2011 11:20:00 AM - thestate.com
Amazon could add three more facilities in South Carolina if lawmakers give the online retailer the sales-tax collection exemption it wants for a Lexington County distribution center, lawmakers and business leaders said Tuesday.

Company allies said more jobs are at stake beyond the 1,249 promised in the Midlands, upping the ante as a legislative showdown approaches as soon as today on revival of the tax break.

Opening a distribution center near Cayce is “only phase one” for Amazon, said Scott Adams of Lexington, a telecommunications equipment executive leading the effort to resurrect the exemption. “The news only gets better.”

Lexington County officials have said Amazon has discussed opening a second facility next to the $40 million center being built off I-77 near 12th Street. That could be a computer hub to help the online retailer’s operations, Adams said.

Supporters also suggested another distribution center could open in Spartanburg. A fourth site and possible facility has not been disclosed.

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