Thursday, March 08, 2012

McDonnell: 60 new jobs for Henry County

Earlier this week, Governor Bob McDonnell announced 60 new jobs for Henry County. In a press release, he announced that GSI Commerce planned to expand its Martinsville fulfillment operations:
RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that GSI Commerce, a leading provider of ecommerce and interactive marketing solutions, will invest approximately $1.5 million to expand in Henry County. The leased fulfillment facility will create more than 60 new jobs.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McDonnell said, “GSI Commerce is a valued corporate citizen in Henry County, employing approximately 1,000 full-time and seasonal workers. It is significant that an existing fulfillment operation continues to grow to accommodate new business contracts. The Martinsville-Henry County region is on a great upward trajectory, and I am confident that the economic momentum will continue.”

“Going forward, GSI Commerce will be able to expand its product mix that will be distributed out of the fulfillment center in Henry County,” said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “The operation’s strategic location enables GSI to accommodate the service demands of its customer base.”

GSI operates more than three million square feet of fulfillment space across seven facilities, supported by advanced systems and best practices honed over the years, with the aim to serve customers as quickly and efficiently as possible. GSI has set the industry standard for performance — the ability to process more than 30 million packages annually.

“We are proud to be in a partnership with the State of Virginia, Henry County, and the great people of this area. We have grown with the help of the local residents who work here at GSI and the local support from the community and the state,” said Tobias Hartmann, head of Global Operations for GSI.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Henry County, the Martinsville-Henry Economic Development Corporation and the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McDonnell approved a $75,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Henry County with the project. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support the Company’s recruitment and training activities.

"We are thrilled that GSI has chosen Henry County for this expansion,” said Jim Adams, chairman of the Henry County Board of Supervisors. “GSI Commerce has been a great friend of this community for many years, and to have them continue this relationship is great news.”

About GSI Commerce
GSI Commerce® enables ecommerce, multichannel retailing and digital marketing for global enterprises in the U.S. and internationally. GSI’s ecommerce services, which include technology, order management, payment processing, fulfillment and customer care, are available on a modular basis or as part of an integrated solution. GSI’s marketing services are comprised of innovative digital marketing products and services which include database management and segmentation, marketing distribution channels, a global digital agency to drive strategic and creative direction and an advanced advertising analytics and attribution management platform. GSI is headquartered in King of Prussia, Pa. and its international headquarters is located in Barcelona, Spain. More information can be found at GSI is an eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY) company.

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