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Amazon to close N. Charleston facility, move 149 jobs to Midlands

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Amazon plans to close one of its North Charleston facilities and lay off 149 people by Feb. 15, according to a regulatory filing with the state.

Amazon’s Make On Demand center, which prints and publishes books, is located at 7290 Investment Drive in North Charleston. Those operations will be relocated to a new facility in Columbia in March 2017, Amazon spokeswoman Lauren Lynch said.

A location for the Columbia facility has not been announced.

Lynch said the lease had expired on the North Charleston building, and the company also wanted to relocate the facility closer to the 1.25-million-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in West Columbia to “better leverage infrastructure and improve efficiencies.”

Amazon’s CreateSpace office location in North Charleston will continue operations, Lynch said. CreateSpace, which was purchased by Amazon in 2005, is run out of the former North Charleston city hall building.

Amazon filed the layoff and facility closure notification (.pdf) for the Make On Demand center with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

Employees work at Amazon's 1.25-million-square-foot fulfillment center in West Columbia. (Photo/Provided)“Affected employees are being given the option to change locations to another company facility,” the company said in a letter to the state and North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey.

Employees who do not accept another position at one of 70 Amazon facilities will be laid off by Feb. 15. Lynch said those employees will receive severance and are eligible for job placement or tuition assistance services.

“This decision was not made lightly. ... We are honored with the opportunity we’ve been given to work there for 10 years,” Lynch said. “We care deeply about North Charleston and the people that work there.”

Amazon opened the West Columbia facility, located in Saxe Gotha Industrial Park near the interchange of Interstates 26 and 77, in 2012.

The Seattle-based online retailer employs about 4,000 workers at the Lexington County facility. In October, Amazon announced that it was hiring about 4,000 seasonal workers for its operations in West Columbia, Spartanburg and North Charleston.


Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119.

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