Amazon expanding in Lexington County

Amazon is expanding its footprint and bringing more jobs to Lexington County.

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Photos by Terry Ward

The gigantic online retailer is moving its book-making operation to the Amazon site in the Saxe-Gotha Industrial Park, near Cayce.

The move is scheduled for Feb. 15, 2017, and will create around 150 jobs, company officials said.

The book-making operation is a part of an Amazon subsidiary called Createspace currently based in North Charleston.

“We’re pleased Amazon has confidence in its operation in Lexington County and wants to bring more (investment) here,” said Lexington County Council chairman Todd Cullum. He said the move is part of the county’s efforts to be pro-growth and business-friendly.

Cullum also noted the Amazon addition will go into a different building from the existing million-square-foot fulfillment center.

Amazon detailed the relocation in a letter Monday to the S.C. Department of Labor. The book-making operation is being moved to be closer to the company’s statewide hub here in the Midlands.

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Amazon’s massive facility near Cayce is set to expand next year.

Amazon’s Createspace subsidiary is a self-publishing service for authors and artists who are not signed by agents or publishers. It provides a service to make not only books, but also CDs and DVDs on-demand. The service used to be called BookSurge, a company that started in the Lowcountry and later bought by Amazon.

The Amazon Fulfillment Center opened in 2011 in Lexington County, just off of Interstate 77 at the 12th Street Extension.

Amazon has three centers in South Carolina: the one in Lexington County, one in North Charleston, and another in Spartanburg. The company announced it would hire 120,000 seasonal employees, corporation-wide, in October. Currently, there are more than 5,000 permanent Amazon employees in South Carolina, along with seasonal hires.

Elimination of the jobs in North Charleston was disclosed in an online post by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, also on Monday. Amazon said it would give the 149 affected North Charleston employees a chance to take a job elsewhere before the warehouse is closed.

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