eBay Enterprise invested nearly $52 million to establish a 630,000-square-foot fulfillment center on Transport Drive in Walton, Kentucky. The project, which will help the company meet rising customer demands, includes adding 300 associates in Boone County.
eBay Enterprise also operates two leased facilities in Boone County. The addition of this new facility brings the company’s total northern Kentucky footprint to more than 1.4 million square feet of distribution space.
“As we continue to grow, we remain committed to providing industry-leading quality and delivery times for our clients, and this location and facility allows us to do that,” said Tobias Hartmann, Vice President of Client Success, operations and international at eBay Enterprise. “With the support from our state and local officials, our strategic partners and the talented workforce in this community, we will continue to bring commerce and jobs to Kentucky.”
To encourage the investment and job growth in Walton, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $2.3 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.
In addition to the Walton operation, eBay Enterprise, an eBay Inc. company, has more than 6 million square feet of warehouse space throughout the United States, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. In Kentucky alone, eBay Enterprise also has fulfillment centers in Louisville and Shepherdsville, employing more than 1,200 people across the state. Last year, eBay Enterprise announced an expansion of its Louisville facility by adding 150 new jobs and investing $45 million.
“I’m very excited to celebrate yet another eBay Enterprise expansion in Kentucky,” said Governor Steve Beshear. “We’re honored that this world-renowned company has chosen the Commonwealth to grow its operations. eBay Enterprise’s success is further proof that Kentucky is the ideal place to ship products throughout the country and across the globe.”
“eBay’s continuing investment and expansion in northern Kentucky is testament to the available workforce in the region, our central location and both air and ground transportation access,” said Northern Kentucky Tri-ED Chairman and Kenton County Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus.