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Amazon 20 Years

In this Dec. 2, 2013 file photo, an Amazon employee walks down one of the miles of aisles at the company's fulfillment center in Phoenix. Amazon launched at the dawn of the Web as an online bookseller on July 16, 1995. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

BRASELTON, Ga. • State officials say the online retailer Amazon will open a distribution center in northeast Georgia, creating more than 500 full-time jobs in the Braselton area.

Gov. Nathan Deal's office on Wednesday said the 600,000-square-foot facility in Jackson County will be used for packing and shipping large items such as household décor, sporting equipment and gardening tools.

Braselton is about 45 miles northeast of Atlanta.

The governor's office said Amazon employs more than 1,500 full-time employees in Georgia.

On June 2, Amazon announced plans to open two distribution centers in Edwardsville, bringing 1,000 new jobs to the Metro East.