Amazon plans new fulfillment centre in Pennsylvania, US

WCN Editorial Team 31 Jul 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

American multinational technology company Amazon is planning to open a new fulfillment centre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the US.

Expected to create more than 800 new, full-time jobs, the new operations facility will be the company’s 15th of its kind in Pennsylvania.

Amazon global customer fulfillment vice president Alicia Boler Davis said: “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.

“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.

“We are excited to create more than 800 new full-time jobs, in addition to the 10,000 current employees across the state, who receive industry-leading pay of $15 and up and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.”

Spread across more than 1m ft², the fulfillment centre, with an investment of more than $30m (£24.6m), will allow employees to pick, pack and ship larger customer items, such as sports equipment, patio furniture, kayaks, and larger home goods.

The new distribution facility will be constructed by the Hillwood Group and Chapman Properties.

Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA) president Mark Thomas said: “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.

“The PRA – the economic development marketing affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development – was happy to bring together a number of partners to showcase the Pittsburgh assets that support the company’s expansion plans.

“These include proven strength in distribution and logistics, pad-ready parcels with nearby interstate and highway access and a workforce pipeline that meets the hiring demands of enterprises, like Amazon, on the leading edge of innovation.”

Employing nearly 10,000 full-time people across Pennsylvania, Amazon currently operates 14 fulfillment and sortation centres, and one tech hub. The company has invested more than $8.5bn in the state since 2010.

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Image: Amazon operates 14 fulfillment and sortation centres in Pennsylvania, US. Photo: courtesy of Amazon.com, Inc.

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