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Amazon to open 1-million-square-foot warehouse in Jessup


One of the world’s largest retailers is expanding into Jessup, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. 

The warehouse will create 500-plus jobs; salaries will begin at $15 per hour.

Jessup, Lackawanna County, PA - Amazon intends to open a 1,027,660-square-foot fulfillment center in the Valley View Business Park, creating more than 500 full-time and part-time jobs with salaries starting at $15 per hour, according to the Seattle-based e-commerce giant. Full-time workers will receive a comprehensive benefits package on their first day that includes full medical, vision and dental insurance, plus a 401(k) with a 50% match.


Employees will pick, pack, and ship items. Other jobs will include human resources, operations management, safety, security, finance and information technology. Amazon will begin to hire employees for its fulfillment centers one to two months before they open, according to the company.


Amazon joins major online pet supply retailer in the business park. Chewy’s 700,000-square-foot warehouse in the Archbald section of the park, which is less than 3 miles away, opened last year and created 1,000-plus jobs.


Amazon’s fulfillment center at 45 Valley View Circle is expected to open this year to distribute larger items, including mattresses, kayaks, grills and exercise equipment, according to the company.


“There are a lot of contributors that go into our thought process on where to place a new fulfillment center,” Amazon spokesman Andre Woodson said in a statement. “We’re responding to customer demand and want to make sure our fulfillment centers are close to customers so we can offer great Prime service and fast shipping speeds. We also strategically look for locations that provide robust public infrastructure, a strong, dedicated workforce, and great local support — and we’ve found all of those factors in Pennsylvania.”

According to a March 24 National Retail Federation report, Amazon is the second-largest global retailer in 2021, trailing only behind Walmart. Amazon is, however, the largest global e-commerce retailer this year.


Amazon is leasing the warehouse from Dallas, Texas-based Trammell Crow Co. Last month, Trammell Crow announced it had landed a major e-commerce firm but declined to identify the tenant.


A public notice published Friday in The Times-Tribune for Services LLC identified Amazon as the tenant. The notice announced Amazon’s intention to obtain a stormwater permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection.


To incentivize development in 2018, Jessup Borough Council, the Valley View School Board and Lackawanna County commissioners approved a 10-year tax abatement on the property known as a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance term, or LERTA. Under the LERTA, Amazon will only pay 5% of taxes on the warehouse in its first year, increasing by 5% every year for 10 years. After year 10, Amazon will pay 100% of its property taxes.


Superintendent Michael Boccella, Ed.D., lauded the incentive.


“The idea of attracting businesses to the area is paying dividends now,” he said. “Certainly in the short term, we’re excited about the job opportunities for our students’ families and our students themselves. Long term, the tax revenue upside will be big.”


Borough council President Gerald Crinella was initially skeptical about what type of company would operate the warehouse, but the council was thrilled to learn it was Amazon, he said.


“Fifteen dollars is a decent wage, and it’s a good company so you know it’s going to be solid employment,” he said.


The facility will be Amazon’s fourth warehouse in Northeast Pennsylvania and its second in Lackawanna County. Amazon has warehouses in Covington Twp., Hazle Twp. and Pittston Twp. Statewide, Amazon has created more than 25,000 jobs since 2010, investing more than $12.4 billion.


When John Augustine, the president and CEO of Penn’s Northeast, speaks to site selectors and brokers, they routinely ask him, “tell us who’s here.” Penn’s Northeast is a collective that aims to promote new investments, jobs, and business opportunities by promoting Northeast Pennsylvania.


“This goes to show that a national powerhouse like Amazon has chosen Northeastern Pennsylvania for specific reasons,” he said.

Augustine cited location and an available workforce as key components for e-commerce distribution, explaining “investments are not made lightly” for firms such as Amazon and Chewy.


Because of the region’s easy access to major interstates, one-third of the U.S. population and half of Canada’s is within a one-day drive of Northeast Pennsylvania, he said. Augustine expects Lackawanna County to see a surge in both e-commerce distribution and manufacturing. He noted the ongoing construction of the Krakow, Poland-based Canpack Group’s 908,000-square-foot aluminum can manufacturing plant in Olyphant, which aims to create more than 400 jobs.


“There’s a job for anyone who wants one,” Augustine said.

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