In its second-largest acquisition, Amazon buys the company for $970 million.
The retailer plans to hire 950 workers for its Scottish operations.
The world’s largest online retailer said this week it will hire 950 full-time workers for two fulfillment centers in Scotland, including a new facility expected to open in 2012.
Amazon, No. 1 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide, says it will establish a new fulfillment center in Dunfermline, creating 750 jobs. Amazon also plans to hire 200 workers for the retailer’s existing fulfillment facility in Gourock.
Additionally, Amazon anticipates hiring up to 1,500 temporary jobs during peak periods.
The new fulfillment center will have 1 million square feet of space.
The retailer also operates a third fulfillment center in Glenrothes that remains in operation but is not expanding.
“Our decision to base this major expansion in Scotland, against stiff international competition, is due not only to the excellent local workforce but to the impressive professionalism of Scottish Development International,” says Allan Lyall, Amazon’s vice president of European operations, referring to a Scotland-based economic development agency.