Local/Regional News
1:17 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Amazon.com To Open Service Center In Winchester

FRANKFORT, Ky.  -- Amazon.com has announced that it will open a service center in Winchester that will create 550 full-time jobs and 600 seasonal ones.

Gov. Steve Beshear joined the company in making the announcement Wednesday.   A statement says the company is investing more than $20 million in the project.

It will be Amazon's first customer service facility in Kentucky, though it has other centers in the state.

Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner says the city's convenient location off Interstate 64 and near Interstate 75 makes it attractive to companies like Amazon.com. 

The announcement also comes at a fortuitous time for Winchester in light of news that Hewlett Packard plans to phase out its Clark County call center.

The company plans to open a temporary customer service center in late summer until construction on the permanent 70,000-square-foot facility is finished in 2013.