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Amazon opens new facility in Chesapeake, bringing 1,000 jobs

Amazon opened a new facility in Chesapeake and with it comes 1,000 full-time and part-time jobs.

The 640,000-square-foot processing center at 5045 Portsmouth Blvd. opened on July 27 for its first full day of operation, the e-commerce giant announced. The inbound cross-dock fulfillment center is the first of its kind in Virginia.

At the new center, workers consolidate vendor products and then ship them to fulfillment centers within the distribution network.

Hampton Roads Alliance CEO Doug Smith said in a news release that Amazon has quickly become one of the largest and most engaged employers in Hampton Roads.

“We are confident that this is only the beginning of Amazon’s relationship with the Hampton Roads community,” Smith said.

Melissa Nick, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfillment, echoed that sentiment.

“The commonwealth and its incredible workforce have been vital to our ability to serve our incredible customers and provide great selection and superfast Prime shipping speeds across the region,” she said.

Sandra J. Pennecke, 757-652-5836, sandra.pennecke@insidebiz.com