West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin welcomed Macy’s Inc., to Berkeley County during a formal ribbon cutting ceremony at the company’s new distribution and fulfillment center in Martinsburg to fulfill orders received from Macy’s online sales.
Macy’s has pumped in $150 million to establish the 1.3 million-square-foot facility, which will require 700 permanent full-time employees, 300 permanent part-time employees, and another 700 seasonal employees within the next five years.
Back in Dec 2010, Macy’s announced that it had chosen Martinsburg, W.Va. over 157 other potential locations.
The site selection battle to bring Macy’s to W.Va. involved both former Gov. Joe Manchin and current Gov. Ray Tomblin, who took office on Nov 15, 2010, just before the Macy’s announcement.
At that time, Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc. said that, “We would like to thank state and local officials in West Virginia, led by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, for their support and assistance through our site selection process.”
“The thousands of jobs this Distribution and Fulfillment Center will create will make a tremendous impact in our region, and we could not be more excited,” said Joe Manchin, who is now the U.S. Senator for W.Va. “I am so proud when I was Governor, we were able to bring a team together to make this opportunity possible, and that Governor Tomblin was able to fulfill it.”
“It’s terrific to see Macy’s new distribution and fulfillment center officially opening its doors. The center will provide hundreds of good-paying jobs for West Virginians in the Eastern Panhandle.” said Gov. Tomblin. “Macy’s $150 million dollar investment speaks volumes to the positive business climate we’ve created in our state.”
The new Martinsburg fulfillment center in West Virginia will be used in particular to prepare and ship orders to macys.com customers in Northeast and Middle Atlantic states. Online orders from macys.com were previously being handled primarily by Macy’s fulfillment centers in Portland, TN, and Goodyear, AZ. Bloomingdales.com orders are handled primarily from a fulfillment center in Cheshire, CT.
Macy’s, Inc. has a total workforce of around 171,000 employees, including about 22,000 executive positions to staff and manage 840 department stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. The company had fiscal sales last year of $26.4 billion.