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Carvana Expands Operations in Lorain County, Ohio

09/01/2020
Carvana, an online auto retrailer, will invest $23 million to expand operations by building a 200,000-square-foot facility in Lorain County, Ohio. The company plans to hire 400 employees.

“Carvana has been growing extremely rapidly over the last several years, and we are working to bring The New Way to Buy a Car to even more customers all the time,” said Brian Boyd, Carvana’s vice president of inventory strategy. “As part of our efforts to scale the business, we’re looking forward to working with Lorain County, Elyria Township, and the cities of Elyria and Lorain to open a vehicle inspection and reconditioning center, and becoming a member of the community.”

Carvana plans to build an inspection, reconditioning and distribution facility that is strategically positioned within the company’s national logistics network to help service their growing customer base.

“The collaboration and commitment of our cross-organization team ensured that Carvana decision-makers understood the value and advantages of this location,” said Jerry Good, economic development coordinator at Lorain County Community Development Department. “Lorain County offers easy access to markets, a supportive business environment and a powerful talent pool.”

“The addition of Carvana’s new facility reinforces Northeast Ohio’s pivotal role in the future of technology and retail,” added Team NEO CEO Bill Koehler. “The unprecedented collaboration by Lorain County economic development organizations, with regional support from Team NEO, was critical in bringing this forward-thinking company to our region. We look forward to working with Carvana leadership to help the company flourish.”

“Along with our partners at the Development Services Agency, we welcome the collaborative effort in Lorain that attracted Carvana to Northeast Ohio,” said JobsOhio President and CEO J.P. Nauseef. “Carvana continues to grow throughout Ohio, and its Lorain investment is further evidence of Ohio’s economic recovery.”

The economic development team supporting Carvana in its site selection process was spearheaded by several entities in Lorain County, including the Lorain County Board of Commissioners and County Prosecutors, Elyria Township, and the cities of Elyria and Lorain, which have been working together for months to help make this project possible. Ohio Development Services Agency, Ohio Department of Transportation Jobs & Commerce, JobsOhio and Team NEO provided assistance as well.

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