Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Amazon to Open 1 Million SF Fulfillment Center Near Pittsburgh

by John Jordan, Inc. has announced plans to build a more than 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center that will create more than 800 new full-time jobs in the Pittsburgh suburb of Findlay Township, PA.

“Pennsylvania is a great state for business and Amazon is excited to continue its growth and investment with our newest fulfillment center in Allegheny County,” said Alicia Boler Davis, vice president of global customer fulfillment for Seattle-based Amazon. “For nearly a decade, the Keystone state has been key to Amazon’s ability to serve our incredible customers and provide great selection and super-fast shipping speeds across the Northeast and Midwest regions of the U.S.”
Since 2010, the company has invested more than $8.5 billion in the state through its local fulfillment center and cloud infrastructure, research facilities and compensation to thousands of employees. The firm currently employs 10,000 workers across the state. The new fulfillment center will be Amazons 15th facility in the State of Pennsylvania.

“It’s a great win any time a business comes in and pledges to create 800 new jobs,” said Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. “This is a significant investment for Pennsylvania and I applaud Amazon for selecting our commonwealth as the location for this facility.”
The new facility will be constructed by the Hillwood Group of Dallas and Chapman Properties of Leetsdale, PA. Amazon has committed to investing more than $30 million into the project, state officials note.

Amazon received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for $1.6 million in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed after the creation of new jobs. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, with additional coordination through the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and Allegheny County.

“Today’s announcement underscores that Amazon has never taken its eyes off Pittsburgh. A new, from-the-ground-up fulfillment center will increase the count of several local Amazon facilities—including a growing engineering center—that provide, or will provide, thousands of well-paying jobs in the region,” says Pittsburgh Regional Alliance president Mark A. Thomas.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald adds. “Amazon’s decision also reflects their continued confidence in this county’s, this region’s and this state’s economy. The county, Port Authority and Airport Authority are proud to continue working with so many partners to show that this region is a good place to do business.”

Last week, Amazon announced plans to open two new robotics fulfillment centers in Ohio that will create more than 2,500 full-time jobs once operational and will total a combined 1.4 million square feet.

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