HAZLETON, Pa.-- May 19, 2008--Global online retailer Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced today it will open a new fulfillment center here, creating more than 1,100 jobs in the next three years.
Amazon will locate its latest fulfillment center, which will be operated by Amazon.com DEDC LLC, in Hazleton, PA, 30 miles southwest of Wilkes-Barre. The Hazleton facility will be more than 600,000 square feet and will allow Amazon to serve its customers in the Northeast more efficiently. The company also plans to hire up to 800 temporary associates during peak seasons to meet demands for its products.
"Not only will this project result in well over a thousand new jobs for hard-working Pennsylvanians, but those jobs will provide ancillary benefits for the entire region," said Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell.
"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, vice president of North American fulfillment for Amazon.
Amazon, which has approximately 17,000 employees worldwide, is hiring managers and hourly associates ahead of the facility`s opening in July 2008. Interested candidates can visit www.amazon.com/careers for more information.
Amazon.com, Inc., (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth`s Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth`s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as books, movies, music & games, digital downloads, electronics & computers, home & garden, toys, kids & baby, grocery, apparel, shoes & jewelry, health & beauty, sports & outdoors, and tools, auto & industrial.
Amazon Web Services provides Amazon`s developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon`s own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Examples of the services offered by Amazon Web Services are Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS), Amazon Flexible Payments Service (Amazon FPS), and Amazon Mechanical Turk.
Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.ca, and the Joyo Amazon websites at www.joyo.cn and www.amazon.cn.
As used herein, "Amazon.com," "we," "our" and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management`s expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, new products, services and technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, significant amount of indebtedness, inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com`s financial results is included in Amazon.com`s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, and subsequent filings.
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