Amazon Opening New Distribution Center

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Hazleton, Pa. — Amazon.com will open a new 600,000-square-foot fulfillment center here, its fifth in Pennsylvania.

The leading Internet superstore says the facility will allow it to serve its customers in the Northeast more efficiently, while creating more than 1,100 jobs in the next three years.

“The Hazleton facility will play an important role in allowing us to serve our customers in the Northeast more quickly and efficiently and we’re excited to be opening our fifth facility in Pennsylvania,” said Mike McKenna, the e-tailer’s North American fulfillment VP.

The Hazleton facility, which will be operated by Amazon.com DEDC LLC, represents a total project investment of more than $20 million.

The expansion comes as the e-tailer experiences explosive growth. Net sales increased 35 percent last year to $14.8 billion, and net income increased 150 percent to $476 million. CE sales alone rocketed 55 percent to $2.3 billion last year, according to the latest TWICE Top 100 CE Retailers Report.

News of the new facility follows April’s call for 500 more workers at Amazon’s three distribution centers in Hebron, Ky., to support growing customer demand across all product categories, the company said.

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