Amazon expanding Chattanooga distribution center

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Amazon.com Inc. plans an expansion of its Chattanooga distribution center that will eventually add hundreds of jobs.

The manager of the center, Sanjay Shah, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that work will start this month (http://bit.ly/z7xK3e ).

The distribution center is currently the size of 17 football fields and the increased floor space will expand that to the equivalent of about 28 football fields. The cost wasn't disclosed.

Currently the Seattle-based company has more than 2,000 workers at its center in Chattanooga.

The company said centers that are planned in Rutherford and Wilson counties, combined with existing facilities in Wilson, Hamilton and Bradley counties, have Amazon investing more than $270 million in Tennessee.

Amazon last year agreed to start collecting Tennessee sales taxes in 2014.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com