Amazon recently showcased its new robotics fulfillment center, SAV4, in Pooler, Georgia. The facility, spanning 640,000 square feet and featuring five stories, is the first of its kind in Chatham County. The center represents an investment of over $250 million and has created 1,000 jobs.
During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Trip Tollison, CEO and president of Savannah Economic Development Authority, highlighted the significance of the project. He stated, “Amazon could have put this just about anywhere else, and it was a very competitive project. We really rolled up our sleeves, got together, and made it happen.”
The event was attended by Governor Brian Kemp and other state and local officials, who expressed their gratitude for Amazon’s presence in Georgia. Governor Kemp remarked, “Amazon continues to do business in the number one state to do business in for the ninth year in a row now.”
SAV4 incorporates Amazon’s state-of-the-art robotics technology, which is used by employees to fulfill customer orders efficiently. The facility boasts 10 miles of interconnected conveyors for sorting packages, as well as robotic drivers that transport items within the center. With over 4,000 robotic machineries, SAV4 aims to improve safety and enhance operational efficiency.
Mauricio Garcia, SAV4 General Manager, emphasized the collaborative nature of the robotics technology. Garcia stated, “Our robotics are always meant to be working alongside our associates. It’s not impactful for the number of associates we’re going to have. This technology is going to help us achieve quicker operations at a lower cost.”
The new fulfillment center in Pooler will allow Amazon to serve the growing community more efficiently. Ashley Dilatory, Vice President of Public Policy at Amazon, acknowledged the efforts of elected officials and business leaders in making the site possible. Dilatory also highlighted Amazon’s support for small and medium-sized businesses, stating that almost 60% of the items in the warehouse are from these entrepreneurs.
The launch of SAV4 aligns with Amazon’s commitment to Georgia, where they have already created more than 30,000 full and part-time jobs since 2015. The company’s investment in the state has not only had a large-scale impact but also supported independent authors and small businesses. With SAV4 in operation, Georgians can expect faster delivery times of their packages, with a potential reduction of one to two days compared to the previous distribution process.
In addition to the economic benefits, SAV4 signifies another milestone in Georgia’s business landscape. As the largest robotics fulfillment center in Chatham County, the facility showcases technological advancements, further reinforcing Georgia’s position as a hub for innovation and growth.
– Savannah Morning News
– WTOC 11