Amazon employs 6,000 workers in the Louisville area at mammoth distribution centers in Jeffersonville, and in Bullitt County’s Shepherdsville. It came to Shepherdsville in 2009 when Amazon bought shoe retailer Zappos, which already had a shoe and apparel fulfillment center there. And it’s been in Jeffersonville since 2012.
The company has other centers in Campbellsville, Hebron and Lexington — making Kentucky one of the biggest overall distribution centers in the U.S. Worldwide, there are 123, including more than 50 in the U.S. In total, the retail giant has more than 231,000 employees worldwide.
All the centers are truly enormous; here’s one in the U.K.’s Hemel Hempstead:
The Jeffersonville center is one of only six in the U.S. where you can take a tour. They last an hour; age restriction: 6 and up. How to schedule one.
Amazon is based in Seattle. CEO Jeff Bezos founded the company in 1994 and is now one of the world’s most wealthy men, with an estimated $64 billion in stock.
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