By DUNCAN DENT
Text notification alerts about the availability of jobs at Mississippi’s third state-of-the-art Amazon fulfillment center set to open here this fall are available now.
Amazon hopes to begin hiring this summer at the site west of I-55 and Nissan Parkway off Mississippi 22 near Canton.
The Amazon fulfillment center is helping to fulfill Madison County Economic Development Director Joey Deason’s vision for jobs he laid out when he arrived four years ago.
Madison County has a lot of good qualities, but one thing it lacks is land ready and available for industrial development, Deason said back in February 2018 shortly after arriving on the job.
“We don’t even get to play in a lot of the opportunities that the state has because we don’t have land available,” Deason told the Canton Rotary Club in February 2018 after about four months on the job.
MCEDA’s aim is to make more land available for development because that’s what’s necessary along with four-lane highways, water, electric, sewer and rail access, he said then.
And that Deason has done by growing the Madison County Megasite where Amazon is locating.
“Yes, the fulfillment center is still slated to open later this year,” said Amazon spokesperson Ashley Lansdale. “I should have updates on hiring later this summer.”
The facility should be substantially complete by August 2021, Deason said.
“Amazon is progressing and moving along at a fast pace,” he said.