Amazon to bring 1,000-plus jobs to Frederick County

More than 1,000 jobs are expected to be created in Frederick County as a result of plans by Amazon to open an e-commerce warehouse and distribution operation in the White Hall Commerce Center.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe broke the news Tuesday about the new, one-million-square foot facility. He praised Amazon for choosing Virginia over West Virginia, the other state that was in the running for the project.

“We are proud that Amazon will grow its presence in Virginia with the major investment and new operation that will bring more than 1,000 job opportunities to Frederick County and the northern Shenandoah Valley,” McAuliffe said, adding that the state’s business climate, infrastructure, strong workforce and global competitiveness were the main factors in the company’s decision.

“Amazon’s expansion is a powerful illustration of our ongoing success in building a new Virginia economy,” McAuliffe said.

Seattle-based Amazon was founded in 1994 as an online bookstore that quickly diversified into other areas that now include production of consumer electronics such as Kindle e-readers,  Fire tables, Fire TV and the Echo. It also offers cloud infrastructure services.

Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations, praised Virginia for offering the company “incredible customers” and “an outstanding workforce.”

“We are excited to expand to support the more than 85,000 authors, sellers and developers in Virginia growing their businesses and reaching new customers on Amazon products and services,” Chauhan said.

The announcement from McAuliffe’s office said the Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Frederick County in wooing Amazon. State officials said the company will be eligible for the major business facility job tax credit and employee training services under the Virginia Job Investment Program.

Charles S. DeHaven Jr., chairman of the Frederick County Board of Supervisors, cited the county’s transportation network and the access it offers to major markets as a key factor in Amazon’s decision.

“We are happy to welcome a company of Amazon’s caliber to Frederick County and looking forward to creating a lasting partnership,” DeHaven said.

State Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Upperville, hailed Amazon’s commitment to Frederick County as a testament to “how much Frederick County has to offer in quality of life, competitive workforce and infrastructure, and I am so proud to have them make this investment in our community.”

Del. David LaRock, R-Hamilton, said he was “pleased to see yet another company discover the benefits of locating in Frederick County.”

Amazon is the second company to announce a major business initiative in Frederick County this year. Navy Federal Credit Union broke ground in January on an expansion of its Winchester operations that is expected to add 1,400 jobs to the area economy.