Amazon to Locate New Distribution Center in Hazleton, PA

Mon May 19, 2008 4:05pm EDT

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HAZLETON, Pa.--(Business Wire)--
Global online retailer, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced
today it will open a new fulfillment center here, creating more than
1,100 jobs in the next three years.

   Amazon will locate its latest fulfillment center, which will be
operated by DEDC LLC, in Hazleton, PA, 30 miles southwest
of Wilkes-Barre. The Hazleton facility will be more than 600,000
square feet and will allow Amazon to serve its customers in the
Northeast more efficiently. The company also plans to hire up to 800
temporary associates during peak seasons to meet demands for its

   "Not only will this project result in well over a thousand new
jobs for hard-working Pennsylvanians, but those jobs will provide
ancillary benefits for the entire region," said Pennsylvania Governor
Edward G. Rendell.

   "The Hazleton facility will play an important role in allowing us
to serve our customers in the Northeast more quickly and efficiently
and we're excited to be opening our fifth facility in Pennsylvania,"
said Mike McKenna, vice president of North American fulfillment for

   Amazon, which has approximately 17,000 employees worldwide, is
hiring managers and hourly associates ahead of the facility's opening
in July 2008. Interested candidates can visit
for more information.

   About, Inc., (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in
Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers
Earth's Biggest Selection., Inc. seeks to be Earth's most
customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover
anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its
customers the lowest possible prices. and other sellers
offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories
such as books, movies, music & games, digital downloads, electronics &
computers, home & garden, toys, kids & baby, grocery, apparel, shoes &
jewelry, health & beauty, sports & outdoors, and tools, auto &

   Amazon Web Services provides Amazon's developer customers with
access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon's own
back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable
virtually any type of business. Examples of the services offered by
Amazon Web Services are Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2),
Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon
Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS), Amazon Flexible Payments Service
(Amazon FPS), and Amazon Mechanical Turk.

   Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including,,,,,, and the Joyo Amazon websites at and

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include, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context
indicates otherwise.

   Forward-Looking Statements

   This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the
meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ
significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking
statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others,
risks related to competition, management of growth, new products,
services and technologies, potential fluctuations in operating
results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and
claims, fulfillment center optimization, seasonality, commercial
agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange
rates, system interruption, significant amount of indebtedness,
inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments and fraud.
More information about factors that potentially could affect's financial results is included in's filings
with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, and
subsequent filings.
Patty Smith, 206-266-7180

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