Amazon to expand service center, add 200 full-time jobs, in Kinetic Park
Amazon.com announced plans to build a new 70,000-square-foot customer service center in Kinetic Park in Huntington. Amazon will create 200 new full-time jobs at the facility by the end of 2014. Construction on the new facility is slated to begin now and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2011. Amazon is moving its customer service center from its current location in downtown Huntington into the new facility.
Australian firm to build $29 million plant in Kanawha County
Carbonxt Inc. announced plans to construct a $29 million plant to convert coal into an activated carbon product. The 45,000-square-foot facility will be built on acreage leased from Bayer CropScience in Institute. The plant will eventually employ 45 workers. Carbonxt Inc. is a subsidiary of Carbonxt Group Limited of Australia.
Alcon opens expanded manufacturing facility
Intraocular lens manufacturer Alcon Research, Ltd. completed the expansion of its $40 million manufacturing facility in the Huntington Area Development Center Business Park. The new 70,000-square-foot facility is used to make “delivery systems,” or small devices used to place the lens into the eye during surgery. When fully operational, the facility is expected to employ 300 people.
Macy’s breaks ground for new fulfillment center in Berkeley County
Construction is underway on the new 1.3-million-square-foot Macy’s, Inc. online fulfillment center in Martinsburg. When fully operational, the $150 million fulfillment center will create 1,200 full-and part-time jobs and 700 temporary seasonal jobs in Berkeley County. The center will support Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s growing online sales, preparing and shipping orders primarily to customers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. The brisk construction schedule calls for the center to begin shipping to customers in summer 2012. The center will be situated on 92 acres in the Cumbo Yard Business and Industrial Park.
Quad/Graphics to invest $15 million in Berkeley County plant
Quad/Graphics Inc. announced plans to invest more than $15 million in its Martinsburg book-manufacturing plant. The Wisconsin-based company will upgrade press equipment and update its binder models. Quad/Graphics intends to move its mass-market paperback operation from its closing Buffalo, N.Y., plant and consolidate it with Martinsburg’s existing trade-book services. Quad/Graphics produces magazines, catalogs, direct mail products, books, directories and specialty products. The company has 60 print-production locations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Europe.
Supply chain company to open operations center, create 75 jobs, in Martinsburg
Hollingsworth Logistics LLC. is opening a new operations center in Martinsburg, creating 75 new full-time jobs. The supply chain management firm has leased more than 300,000 square feet in the Shockey Commerce Center. The firm recently won a contract to provide the U.S. Postal Service with support services for its ongoing equipment management, maintenance, storage and re-deployment.
Distribution center to double size, create 75 jobs, in Weirton
Clothing retailer rue21 is doubling the size of its Weirton distribution center, creating 75 new jobs and seven part-time positions. The new construction will nearly double the 189,600-square-foot distribution center, adding 180,000-square-feet of additional storage space, more receiving docks and improved truck circulation areas. An additional 5,000 square feet will expand the employee area. The expansion is expected to be complete by November 2011. Clothing retailer rue21 operates 654 store locations in 44 states.
Competitive advantage for data centers: West Virginia tax legislation
The West Virginia High-Technology Business Property Valuation Act is an example of the state’s business-friendly climate. Tangible personal property, including servers, directly used in a high-technology business or in an Internet advertising business is valued for property tax purposes at 5 percent of the original cost of the property. In addition, sales tax is eliminated from all purchases of prewritten computer software, computers, computer hardware, servers, building materials and tangible personal property, for direct use in a high-technology business or Internet advertising business.
Fiscally fit: West Virginia closed its 2010 fiscal year with a surplus of more than $102 million; the fifth year in a row with a surplus – without a tax increase. Find out more about the state’s pro-growth tax reforms and other initiatives at wvcommerce.org/fiscally-fit.
Workforce retention: Productivity is high and turnover is low. West Virginia overall employee turnover rate is 15 percent below the national average. Click to view West Virginia workforce availability by region and compare retention by state by visiting wvcommerce.org/workforce-retention.
Worldwide markets: West Virginia’s 2010 exports grew by 33 percent over last year, outstripping the U.S. export growth rate of 21 percent. The state’s export growth has outpaced the national performance for each of the last four years. Check out our markets at wvcommerce.org/worldwide-markets.
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