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Amazon setting up 15th Pennsylvanian facility

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Aug '19
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Amazon is setting up its 15th Pennsylvanian operations facility in Pittsburgh, creating more than 800 jobs. The fulfilment centre will be more than 1 million square feet and Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship larger customer items, such as sports equipment, patio furniture, kayaks and larger home goods. All employees will go through safety training.

“Pennsylvania is a great state for business and Amazon is excited to continue its growth and investment with our newest fulfilment centre in Allegheny County,” said Alicia Boler Davis, vice president of global customer fulfilment, 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 US. Since 2010, the company has invested more than $8.5 billion in the state through its local fulfilment centre and cloud infrastructure, research facilities, and compensation to thousands of employees. 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 and benefits starting on day one.”

“It’s a great win any time a business comes in and pledges to create 800 new jobs,” said Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf. “This is a significant investment for Pennsylvania and I applaud Amazon for selecting our commonwealth as the location for this facility.”

The fulfilment centre will be more than 1 million square feet and Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship larger customer items, such as sports equipment, patio furniture, kayaks and larger home goods. All associates will go through hours of safety training and ongoing coaching and will have access to continuing education opportunities through Amazon’s upskilling programmes, such as Career Choice, in which the company will pre-pay up to 95 per cent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the programme’s launch, more than 25,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology.

“Today’s announcement underscores that Amazon has never taken its eyes off Pittsburgh. A new, from-the-ground-up fulfilment centre will increase the count of several local Amazon facilities – including a growing engineering centre – that provide, or will provide, thousands of well-paying jobs in the region,” said Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA) president Mark A Thomas. “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.”

"This is great news for our region. We appreciate the ongoing partnership with Amazon that began years ago. Their continued expansion in this region is more evidence that the ecodistrict of logistics, warehouse and manufacturing in the airport corridor is starting to gain momentum,” said County executive Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County.

Each additional Amazon facility adds to the thousands of jobs in construction and services the company has brought to Pennsylvania. Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than $8.5 billion in the state through its customer fulfilment and cloud infrastructure and compensation to its employees. (SV)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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