Plans Plant Facility Expansion in s.e. Kansas

(Excerpts from the Independence Reporter and Coffeyville Journal).

On Monday, managers of the distribution facility in Independence/Coffeyville were given approval by the Montgomery County Commissioners in their regular meeting to expand their facilty. County Commissioners reviewed the plans presented by and gave the required approvals.

The company plans to begin the expansion in early May in order to accomodate its planned expansion in its line of products sold over the Internet. Amazon estimates the number of new jobs to be created as a result of the expansion is 20; however they said that might be a conservative estimate. Last year's plant expansion resulted in 94 new jobs. Amazon employs 430 people full time, but during the holiday season has expanded to 1500 people. The company noted the volume of merchadise shipped each day out of Coffeyville is the highest it has ever been.

The 'Coffeyville Industrial Park' -- Amazon's base of operations -- is located mid-way between Independence and Coffeyville.

Patrick Townson

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