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SLIDESHOW: Indiana celebrates new Amazon distribution center

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – It is the size of 25 football fields under one roof. And if you see it first hand, you will have no trouble believing that.

Today members of the local media got their first chance to see the inside of the vast Amazon Fulfillment Center in the River Ridge Commerce Center on Highway 62 in Jeffersonville.

The company actually opened the distribution center back in October in time for the Christmas Shopping center.

In fact, the very first item shipped from the facility was a Halloween costume that was sent to a customer in Texas, according to an Amazon executive.

Friday marked the official ribbon cutting event with a number of political leaders present including new Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

The structure is massive, one million square feet, 22 acres under one roof.

"It has been a fantastic startup and it is very exciting to be here," says Greg Walsh, general manager of the Jeffersonville Amazon operation.

It is a building filled with millions of products, with boxes moving down conveyer belts at rapid speeds with lots of busy workers operating complex software to get those products to customers as quickly as possible.

Adds Walsh, "We service the entire United States, so being able to access our customers very quickly being in this central location is fantastic."

In October, 900 employees began work here. Today, there are 1,100 on the job.

It looks like there is plenty of room for growth.

Walsh would not say when additional workers might be hired. "We haven't defined that at this point, we know we are growing but we'll determine that as we move through the year."

Candace Russell is a packer who left her job as a nursing assistant to come to work for Amazon.

"I love this, this is actually a job I enjoy coming to every morning," she says.

Governor Pence says the state's partnership with Amazon goes back several years and includes several locations in Indiana.

"This Jeffersonville facility is extraordinary in a number of ways," says the governor, "including it is the largest facility Amazon has in North America."

Amazon is the largest operation to come to the growing River Ridge Commerce Center and it apparently is a catalyst for bringing more companies to the area.

"We are actually negotiating now on a purchase agreement for a tract of land behind the Amazon property; it would be another top notch company," Jerry Acy, the executive director of River Ridge told WDRB News on Friday.

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