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More than 1,000 jobs will become available in Georgia after two major companies have decided to open up shop in the state.

Giant retailer Amazon and Swiss manufacturer Preci-Dip both plan to cut the ribbon on new facilities in Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp announced. 

“This announcement demonstrates that the Peach State has proven itself as a leading competitor for investment from the world’s most revered companies …,” Kemp said.

Amazon will open a new fulfillment center in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties, which Kemp said would create 1,000 new jobs. Preci-Dip, manufacturer of electronic connector pins, will open its first U.S. production facility in Bryan County. The company will invest a total of $13.6 million and create 100 new jobs, according to the governor.

Amazon will be seeking employees for shipping and packing for its 700,000 square-foot facility and to fill human resources, operations management, safety, security, finance and information technology positions.

Amazon has 75 other fulfillment centers and more than 125,000 full-time Amazon employees in North America, according to the company’s website. The median pay wage is 30 percent higher than traditional retail stores, the website touts.

Preci-Dip’s Bryan County facility marks the company’s expansion to the U.S., Preci-Dip is the leading manufacturer of military and aerospace-grade connectors and the screw machine equipment necessary for producing them. Preci-Dip will occupy a 47,000 square-foot facility near the Port of Savannah and Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport along Interstate 16.

Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson said Georgia’s competition market and available workforce has made the state attractive for companies.

“Our state’s pro-business environment makes us a competitive choice for major companies looking to expand their already robust operations, Wilson said.

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Nyamekye Daniel has been a journalist for three years. She was the managing editor for the South Florida Media Network and a staff writer for The Miami Times. Daniel's work has also appeared in the Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and The New York Times.