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It’s no HQ2, but Amazon is opening a 1,000,000-square-foot distribution facility in Findlay Township.

The project, announced by the governor’s office via a press release this morning, is projected to bring 800 full-time jobs to Allegheny County.

“This is a significant investment for Pennsylvania,” said Gov. Tom Wolf.

Amazon has committed to investing more than $30 million in the facility, located about 20 miles west of Downtown near Pittsburgh International Airport. After creating the jobs, the company will receive $1.6 million in Job Creation Tax Credits, per an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

“Pennsylvania is a great state for business and Amazon is excited to continue its growth and investment with our newest fulfillment center in Allegheny County,” said Alicia Boler Davis, vice president of global customer fulfillment at Amazon. “For nearly a decade, the Keystone state has been key to Amazon’s ability to serve our incredible customers and provide great selection and super-fast shipping speeds across the Northeast and Midwest regions of the U.S.”

Information on the project’s timeline was unavailable this morning, but the press release stated that national real estate developer the Hillwood Group and local firm Chapman Properties will handle construction.

The new center adds to Amazon’s growing presence in the Pittsburgh region, which includes a growing office in the SouthSide Works and a distribution center in the West End.

“We appreciate the ongoing partnership with Amazon that was begun years ago,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “Their continued expansion in this region is more evidence that the eco-district of logistics, warehousing and manufacturing in the airport corridor is starting to gain momentum.”

Though championed by local leaders across the country, the fulfillment centers where Amazon packages are sorted and shipped have become a source of controversy for the tech giant due to ongoing reports of poor working conditions.

Two weeks ago during the company’s “Prime Day” sales event, Amazon employees in Minneapolis held a protest outside their local fulfillment center. In 2018, thousands of Amazon employees across Spain, Poland and Germany held their own Prime Day protests to demand better treatment.

Bill O'Toole

Bill O'Toole was a full-time reporter for NEXTpittsburgh until October, 2019. He previously reported in Myanmar.