Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher announces Amazon.com to locate new fulfillment center in Northern Kentucky

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 06, 2005  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611
 


Newest facility will become company’s sixth in state

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and Cabinet for Economic Development Secretary Gene Strong announced today that Amazon.com will open a 543,000 square foot distribution center facility in Boone County.  Citing continued growth and additional product line expansion, Amazon.com’s newest facility will become the company’s sixth in Kentucky. 

The project is expected to create 70 new jobs and will open in the fourth quarter of 2005. 

“We are pleased that Amazon.com has again chosen to locate another fulfillment center in Kentucky,” said Governor Fletcher. “Kentucky’s central location and direct access to customers all over the world make the commonwealth a prime location for logistics companies.  It is our hope that other leading high-tech companies will follow Amazon’s lead and experience what Kentucky has to offer.”           

“We have a great track record with the state of Kentucky and are very pleased to be opening our second facility in Northern Kentucky,” said Richard Starker, senior operations manager of the Hebron facility.  “We look forward to getting the facility open so we can better serve our customers this holiday season.” 

The new facility will be located in the Park West International Business Park, 1600 Worldwide Boulevard in Hebron.  Amazon.com currently operates five additional Kentucky distribution and support facilities in Campbellsville, Hebron, Lexington and Louisville.  The two Hebron facilities are in the same industrial park, just minutes away from each other. 

“It’s extremely gratifying that Amazon.com has chosen Northern Kentucky as the place for its latest fulfillment center,” stated Gary Moore, Boone County Judge-Executive. “The opening of this new facility means that Amazon.com is occupying more than 900,000 square feet of distribution space in our region.  We warmly welcome Amazon.com -- again -- to Boone County.” 

Amazon will hire up to 70 employees for its new Hebron facility center over the next several months.  The positions include managers, supervisors and associates.  Interested candidates should visit www.amazon.com/careers for more information; candidates interested in hourly positions should contact jwest@integritystaffing.com

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved Amazon.com for tax benefits under the Kentucky Jobs Development Act (KJDA), an incentive program aimed at increasing service- and technology-related employment in the commonwealth.   

For additional information about Northern Kentucky, please contact Daniel E. Tobergte, President/CEO at 859-344-0040 or visit Northern Kentucky Tri-ED’s website at www.northernkentuckyusa.com.  A community profile can also be found at http://www.thinkkentucky.com/edis/cmnty/cw049/Location.htm

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About Amazon.com

Amazon.com, Inc., (AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com 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. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as beauty, health and personal care, jewelry and watches, gourmet food, sports and outdoors, apparel and accessories, books, music, DVDs, electronics and office, toys and baby, and home and garden.  

Amazon.com and its affiliates operate seven retail Web sites: www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.ca, and www.joyo.com. 

As used herein, “Amazon.com,” “we,” “our” and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise. 

Forward Looking Statement

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 potential future losses, significant amount of indebtedness, competition, management of growth, 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, consumer trends, inventory, limited operating history, government regulation and taxation, fraud, and new business areas. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004, and all subsequent filings.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for creating new jobs and new investment in the state. New business investment in Kentucky in 2004 totaled nearly $2.3 billion with the creation of just over 16,500 new jobs. Information on available development sites, workforce training, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other resources is available at www.thinkkentucky.com.