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IN governor tours new Amazon facility

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Gov. Mike Pence cuts the ribbon at the Jeffersonville Amazon facility. Gov. Mike Pence cuts the ribbon at the Jeffersonville Amazon facility.
Candace Russell Candace Russell
The overview gives you an idea of the size of the Jeffersonville Amazon facility. The overview gives you an idea of the size of the Jeffersonville Amazon facility.

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – The new governor of the Hoosier state made his first sweep of southern Indiana Friday. Mike Pence stopped in Jeffersonville for the official grand opening of Amazon's new fulfillment center.

The center, housed in the River Ridge Commerce Center, is 1,000,000 square feet and spans 28 acres. Amazon officials say it is their largest facility in North America and it the size of 25 football fields. They say it is 50-60% operational inside and two more expansions are planned for this year.

The developments will add new jobs; however, Amazon officials are not disclosing exactly how many jobs they plan on adding.

The facility, which has shipped millions of packages since it opened in October 2012, started with 900 employees. The workforce is now over 1,100. One employee, Candace Russell, said she loves her job.

"This is the first job I've actually enjoyed coming to," said Russell. "It's a great environment, laid back, comfortable. I think it's a positive thing for Jeff."

Gov. Pence was joined by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

"Here in south central Indiana, seeing the vision of River Ridge continue to expand and seeing this Amazon fulfillment center come online officially today, but actually last fall, really tells us that the investments that Indiana has been making in our people and in economic development in recent years and in this region are starting to pay off," said Pence.

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