eBay Enterprises Announces Walton Expansion
By Mike Perleberg
(Walton, Ky.) – eBay is creating more than 300 new full-time jobs in Walton.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced Thursday that eBay Enterprise, formerly GSI Commerce, plans to expand its operations in southern Boone County. The company is investing $52 million for a new 630,000-square-foot fulfillment center that will open this summer.
“eBay Enterprise and eBay Inc. are names that companies and people trust for commerce and online shopping,” said Beshear in a statement. “This is a remarkable investment in the Commonwealth, with eBay Enterprise spending $52 million to expand its footprint in northern Kentucky. This announcement is further proof Kentucky provides a strategic location for companies to ship their products around the world.”
The new warehouse on Transport Drive will be eBay Enterprise’s third facility in northern Kentucky with total square footage of 1.4 million. Last year, the company announced a $45 million expansion of its facility in Louisville with 150 new jobs.
eBay Enterprise executives say the company is expanding in order to meet rising customer demand.
“Kentucky plays an important role in the success of eBay Enterprise and the clients we serve,” said Tobias Hartmann, interim president of eBay Enterprise. “Our employees are excited about the new facility. Through their efforts, we’re able to provide our world-class brands and retailers with the capacity, speed and scale needed to deliver packages quickly to consumers across the nation.”
Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore credited northern Kentucky’s workforce, central location, transportation infrastructure, and the presence of DHL at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport for providing advantages to companies like eBay Enterprise.
Tax incentives played a role as well. The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority has given preliminary approval for up to $2.3 million in tax incentives through the Kentucky Business Investment Program.