A well known on-line retailer is expanding its central Kentucky operations by hiring more than eleven hundred people. Clark County will feel the most direct impact. Amazon-dot-com will open a 70 thousand square foot customer service center in Winchester. The 20 million dollar investment is expected to create over 500 full time jobs and another 600 seasonal positions. Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner says his town is ideally located and offers a seasoned workforce.
“We are located on I-64..we are very close to i-75..we have two interstate exits at the 94 and 96 interchanges…we have had call centers in Winchester before,” said Burtner.
Burtner says a Hewlett Packard call center in Winchester is phasing out its operation. He hopes those workers can get jobs at Amazon.
“There was no commitment there that Amazon would hire the either present or former H-P workers, but we would hope that that would be the case,” added Burtner.
There are other economic development projects in the works in the Winchester area..
“We have other industries and businesses that are looking at Winchester..rocky mountain A-T-V..a company called Tiacka ..other companies…so..what we are seeing in Winchester and Clark County…is we’re seeing a lot more interest on the economic, industrial, commercial side,” said Burtner.
Burtner calls Amazon a major addition to the corporate community. The customer service center is expected to open in late summer.