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Amazon plans another new fulfillment center

By Dan Berthiaume - 07/30/2019
Amazon keeps adding fulfillment centers in the Rust Belt.

The e-tail giant intends to open its 15thPennsylvanian operations facility in Pittsburgh. The fulfillment center will measure more than 1 million sq. ft. and employees there will pick, pack and ship larger customer items, such as sports equipment, patio furniture, kayaks and larger home goods.

According to Amazon, the new center will create more than 800 new, full-time jobs starting at $15 an hour with comprehensive benefits. Using methodology developed by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Amazon estimates its investments in Pennsylvania have created an additional 8,000 indirect jobs on top of the company's direct hires.

“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, VP of global customer fulfillment, 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, Amazon says it has invested more than $8.5 billion in Pennsylvania through its local fulfillment center and cloud infrastructure, research facilities, and compensation to employees. There are currently more than 10,000 Amazon employees across the state.

Amazon has been focusing on the U.S. industrial heartland with its fulfillment center expansion. Last week, the e-tailer unveiled plans to open two new Ohio fulfillment centers, one in Akron and the other in Rossford.