Around 900 jobs are set to be created near Lichfield after an internet retailer confirmed plans to open a major distribution centre in Rugeley.

Amazon confirmed the plans to base its operation at the 700,000 sq ft site at Towers Business Park.

The move was heralded as “tremendous news” for the region by Staffordshire County Councillor Ben Adams. He said:

“A major business like Amazon choosing Staffordshire to locate to and bringing 900 jobs to the county is fantastic news and shows that we are a prime location to do business. We are demonstrating that there are numerous benefits to being in Staffordshire and we’re pleased to add Amazon to the growing list of businesses investing here such as JCB, Alstom, Michelin, Alton Towers and Churchill to name but a few.

“This is sending out a clear message to other global brands and businesses that they too can join the Staffordshire success story. It’s wonderful to see that a site which once provided jobs as a colliery has been turned around by Staffordshire County Council and various partners and will now see significant employment again.

“The economy and prosperity are our top priorities and we are ensuring we invest in supporting business and in the necessary infrastructure to attract major national and international companies.”

The Towers Business Park site was created at the former Lea Hall Colliery. The Amazon unit was built by developer Gazeley in 2008 but has remained empty as a result of the economic downturn.

Arthur Valdez, Vice President of Operations, Ltd, said:

“The centre will play an important role in fulfilling orders for customers in the UK, Europe and all over the world. We have a busy Christmas coming up and look forward to assembling a team of talented people who will play their part in ensuring that customers receive the millions of items that will be ordered over the festive season.”

The centre will begin operating from September this year and more than 900 permanent and temporary jobs will be created at the site before the end of 2012.

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