Hanover Twp., Luzerne County, PA -
State and local officials celebrated the opening of e-commerce company a2b Fulfillment on Tradeport Road in Hanover Twp. on Thursday shortly after celebrating the completion of Upward Farms’ facility next to it.
A2b Fulfillment president Ayal Latz said the company, a third-party logistics provider, employs about 75 people in the 260,000-square-foot building in the Tradeport 164 development and he hopes to grow that number to 125 in six months. Some employees joined Latz for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the new building.
A2b Fulfillment also has locations in Georgia, South Carolina, Utah, and Canada and employs more than 400 people company-wide, Latz said.
He said the company was ready to expand in the Northeast and searched in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.
“After all those trips and all that searching, we really enjoyed what we saw here in Hanover Twp.,” Latz said. “It felt good. It felt like home.”
In all, Hanover Twp. manager Sam Guesto said NorthPoint Development has constructed nine buildings in a five-mile stretch in Hanover Twp.
“The construction of the South Valley Parkway opened up all this mine-scarred land for this type of investment from NorthPoint,” Guesto said.
Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20, Lehman Twp., attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a2B after attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of Upward Farms’ new 250,283-square-foot indoor farm facility next to it.
“The idea of two announcements of major facilities with significant job impacts in the same area on the same day is quite extraordinary,” Baker said.