Amazon to open logistics centre in Dunfermline
By: Deborah Bates
18 January 2011
Online retailer Amazon has announced plans to open a new logistics centre in Dunfermline, Scotland, creating around 750 new jobs for Scottish residents.
This is highly positive news for those in driving jobs and logistics work, as the new centre will be erected beside the A92 and M90 motorways. It is thought it will be responsible for the delivery of products across the world, according to Analytiqa.com.
"Amazon is delighted that its biggest UK fulfilment centre is to be built in Dunfermline," said the vice president of Amazon Europe, Allan Lyall.
"It is a great location and it has been Amazon's priority to secure a new site as close to the current Glenrothes fulfilment centres as possible. We look forward to the site opening towards the end of the this year and would like to thank Scottish Enterprise for its commitment and cooperation throughout this project."
The news has been warmly received by Scotland, whose First Minister, Alex Salmond, spoke out about the benefits of the planned expansion. "Amazon has established itself as one of the world's leading online retailers and I am delighted with its decision to expand its Scottish operations," he told BBC News.
"Amazon's plan to create purpose-built centre in Dunfermline will create over 750 jobs and deliver a very significant boost the local economy."
It is thought around £9 million of public money will be invested in the site, which includes a £6.3 million grant towards construction costs, a £500,000 grant towards training, and £2 million for regional selective assistance.
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