Amazon hopes to move into its new distribution center near Cayce by Sept. 30 and hire up to 2,000 seasonal and full-time by the end of the year, company officials said today.
Workers are starting to outfit the million-square-foot plant, near I-77 and 12th Street, with shelves, conveyor belts and other equipment, plant manager John Petta said.
So far, the company has hired between 400-500 permanent employees, but the initial wave of hiring will be largely temporary, Petta said. Company officials still are settling on how many permanent employees are needed for operations at Amazon’s around-the-clock facility.
Amazon must hire 2,000 full-time permanent employees by the end of 2013 as part of a deal it made with the Legislature in exchange for a sales tax collection exemption on merchandise sold to S.C. residents. Read more in Tuesday’s editions of The State.