Nordstrom to Create East Coast Fulfillment Center in Lancaster County, Creating 369 New Jobs

NordstromHarrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett announced today that Nordstrom, Inc. will establish the operations of its east coast online fulfillment center in West Donegal Township, creating 369 full-time jobs.

“Today’s announcement continues Pennsylvania’s steady economic progress with another company expanding and more jobs for our citizens,” said Corbett. “It’s a testament to why Pennsylvania is built to advance – our keystone location, our talented and hardworking people – all contributed to Nordstrom bringing hundreds of new jobs to Lancaster County.”

Nordstrom is scheduled to open its new 672,000-square-foot building, with an additional 470,000-square-foot mezzanine, at Conewago Industrial Park in West Donegal Township, Lancaster County, in the summer of 2015. The company will invest more than $79 million to support the new fulfillment center through renovations, site improvements, new equipment and employee training. Nordstrom has also committed to creating at least 369 new jobs within three years.

“Speed of delivery is simply just part of our customers’ expectations of what good service means today,” said Jamie Nordstrom, president of Nordstrom Direct. “This is an ideal location to add to our fulfillment capabilities and improve the delivery experience for our customers. E-commerce is the fastest growing area of our business and this is another example of how we’re investing in people and capabilities to help us support this growth and responding to our customers’ changing definition of service. We thank Governor Corbett and other local and state leaders for helping make this project come together.”

The Department of Community and Economic Development partnered with Nordstrom on a number of grants including a $166,050 Guaranteed Free Training grant to be used to train its new workforce. Additional funding includes a $1,107,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant that facilitates investment and job creation and $1,107,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits.

The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the Governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.

Nordstrom, Inc. is one of the leading fashion specialty retailers based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 261 stores in 35 states, including 117 full-line stores, 141 Nordstrom Racks, two Jeffrey boutiques and one clearance store. Nordstrom also serves customers through and through its catalogs. Additionally, the company operates in the online private sale marketplace through its subsidiary HauteLook.

For more information on Nordstrom, Inc. visit

~  News Release via Pennsylvania’s Office of the Governor ~


12 responses to “Nordstrom to Create East Coast Fulfillment Center in Lancaster County, Creating 369 New Jobs

  1. Pennsylvania stands 15 in the country in Debt. The Department of Economic Development is one of the biggest debtors in our state government. This program pushes their debt even higher and continues the Corbett Administrations practice of raising debt to create low paying jobs for Pennsylvanians. It is also another example of rushing to give a business tax relief while property tax reform is now being “studied” for yet another year with no action or relief in sight for property owners. Piling more debt on top of the nations 15th highest debt figure is nothing to celebrate.

    • That is why they call it corporate America 😀

    • David,

      Do you have the same criticism of the Obama Stimulus? 2.7 million jobs “added or saved” at a cost to taxpayers of $278,000 each. Not to mention, something like $8 billion in loans, grants, and tax credits going to “clean energy” companies that are now bankrupt or close to it.

      • Apples and oranges.

        • No… Republicans and Democrats.

          • The economic stimulus was not enacted by the President by himself. Corbett changed the Department of “Community” and Economic Development to have “total” authority and control over how the money was spent and diverted money from other departments to enhance the spending without oversight enhancements. DCED used to provide support to small towns and cities like Parkesburg, Coatesville, etc. Now, they give that money to corporations with no controls or oversight what-so-ever. To your point, that may be “one” of the differences between the two parties. The R’s like to spend money without oversight or control and give it away to businesses who are already NOT in need while communities that are struggling and in need of help go without and the local taxpayers suffer.

          • Another big difference between Rs and Ds is that Rs see “tax relief” as people and businesses keeping their own money. Ds see all money earned as the government’s and allowing people and businesses keep it is the same as welfare. To a D, robbing Peter to pay Paul is equivalent to to being kind enough not to rob Peter at all.

          • martin walker

            Our political system has been on autopilot for decades, especially since November 22, 1963 when President Kennedy was removed from office for wanting to stop the Cold War. The failure of our political system to address that crime is why the Democrats will not change imperial policies.

            The Democrats and the Republicans are like two sides of a Mobius Strip — it looks like two sides, but they are on the same side. The “elections” resemble televised wrestling – it looks like a bruising contest, but they are fake, rigged in advance. Good cop, bad cop.

          • Jeff Marshall

            This is not a Republican vs. Democrat issue, the most appropriate way to view it is Government(and major political parties) vs. Taxpayers. Pennsylvania is 45th out of 50 states in job creation ( and it has nothing to do with the performance or lack thereof of the DCED. The political class has (self-servingly) decided that it is their responsibility to create jobs so they have their nose into everything with regulations and government agencies. As long as this situation persists there will be no widespread economic recovery because 1) they are using their interventionist position to funnel money to special interests in order to fund the next election cycle 2) the whole lot of them don’t have the first clue how to revive an economy because they are a bunch of lawyers. If they would spend their efforts cutting red tape and creating a favorable tax climate for businesses, they wouldn’t need to perform backflips to get companies to move to or startup in Pennsylvania. But that would also reduce their personal influence and the need for special interests so it has as much chance of happening as it being 80 degrees tomorrow. And people seem to care less than they ever did, at least from my vantage point, so I don’t see any fundamental changes coming.

  2. 369 people off of unemployment sounds good to me!

  3. Wall Street advisor: Actual unemployment is 37.2%, ‘misery index’ worst in 40 years

    Paul Bedard
    January 21, 2014
    Don’t believe the happy talk coming out of the White House, Federal Reserve and Treasury Department when it comes to the real unemployment rate and the true “Misery Index.” Because, according to an influential Wall Street advisor, the figures are a fraud.
    In a memo to clients provided to Secrets, David John Marotta calculates the actual unemployment rate of those not working at a sky-high 37.2 percent, not the 6.7 percent advertised by the Fed, and the Misery Index at over 14, not the 8 claimed by the government.

  4. “Apples and oranges” Really? Really? A record 92 million people not working in this country and the low-information voter really believes the unemployment rate is 6.7% …Oh I forgot the president’s laser-like focus on job creation is working fine. Very soon half of America will be unemployed and the obedient media will report the unemployment rate to be an amazing 0.9% with the screen graphics showing 0%. Yawn

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