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Office Depot to open Cumberland County distribution site, add 250 jobs

Office Depot said today it will open a 600,000-square-foot
distribution facility in mid-February in Cumberland County.

Office Depot said today it will open a 600,000-square-foot
distribution facility in mid-February in Cumberland County.

The Penn Township facility at the Key Logistics
Park
will employ 250
people when it reaches full operation later this year, said Melissa Perlman, an
Office Depot spokeswoman. The site will begin operations in February, she said.

The Boca Raton, Fla.-based company is consolidating four
Northeast distribution sites into the Cumberland County
facility near exit 37 on Interstate 81, Perlman said.

Office Depot used separate locations for distribution to
business customers and store stocking, she said. The new combo facility in Cumberland County is the first in the country and
will be a model for Office Depot’s streamlined operations, she said.

The company announced in December 2008 that it would close
112 stores nationwide, including one on Loucks Road in Manchester
Township, York County.

Key
Logistics Park’s
first building – about 1.2 million square feet – has been sitting idle since
completion in early 2009, said Anthony Amadure, a business development
specialist with the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corp. Office Depot is
the first tenant and its presence is expected to restart development at and
near the logistics park, he said.

CAEDC, also known as Cumberland County Economic Development,
helped broker the deal to get Office Depot to locate in Central
Pennsylvania.

The state chipped in $707,000 of economic development
assistance to the company, including $375,000 in opportunity grants, $232,000
worth of job-creation tax credits and $100,000 for customized job training,
said Luke Webber, a spokesman with the state Department of Community and
Economic Development
.

Key Logistics will include three buildings. Construction of
the other two was held back when Indianapolis-based developer Lauth Property
Group
couldn’t find tenants for the first building. Three of the company’s
subsidiaries last year filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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