HARRISBURG, Pa., May 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G.
Rendell announced today that a state investment of $1.75 million helped the
world's leading online retailer, Amazon.com Inc., open a distribution
center in Hazleton that will create more than 1,100 jobs within three
"Not only will this project result in more than a thousand new jobs for
hard-working Pennsylvanians, but those jobs - along with the large amount
of private investment - will provide ancillary benefits for the entire
region," Governor Rendell said. "This is the type of project that could
have happened literally anywhere in the U.S., and Amazon's renewed
commitment to Pennsylvania attests to our strong pro-business climate."
The Hazleton facility, which will be operated by Amazon.com DEDC LLC,
will occupy more than 600,000 square feet in the Humboldt Industrial Park
and represent a total project investment of more than $20 million. The
project will also create more than 800 seasonal jobs.
"The Hazleton facility will play an important role in allowing us to
serve our customers in the Northeast U.S. more quickly and efficiently and
we're excited to be opening our fifth facility in Pennsylvania," said Mike
McKenna, Amazon's vice president of North American fulfillment.
The company's project was coordinated through the Governor's Action
Team, economic development professionals who serve as a single
point-of-contact for businesses that are considering locating or expanding
in Pennsylvania. The commonwealth offered Amazon.com a funding package that
included a $1.25 million opportunity grant and $500,000 in job training
The Governor's Action Team worked with Amazon on a prior project. In
2005, the state invested $400,000 to help the company open two warehouses
in Carlisle, Cumberland County, and Lewisberry, York County. That project
created more than 100 full time jobs and more than 200 seasonal positions.
Previous state investments to Humbolt Industrial Park have helped
transform the location from a brownfield to a shovel-ready site able to
attract world-class companies like Amazon. The Greater Hazleton Community
Area New Development Organization (CAN DO) received more than $4.25 million
from DCED's Business in Our Sites program and more than $3 million in loans
from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, or PIDA. These
funds were used for site preparation and infrastructure development at the
For information on the Governor's Action Team and DCED programs, visit
www.NewPA.com or call 1-866-466-3972.
More information on Governor Rendell's 2008-09 budget proposal and his
Protecting Our Progress initiatives is available at www.pa.gov.
The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public
education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing
economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out
more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly
newsletter, visit www.governor.state.pa.us.
Luke Webber (DCED)
SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor