E-commerce companies such as iHerb, NorAm, Elovations, Amazon and DHL all have announced new locations, expansions and jobs in Northern Kentucky in 2012, and officials with the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corp. (Tri-ED) say it indicates the emergence of an e-commerce hub in the region.
Tri-ED has worked in concert with local Northern Kentucky communities to paved the way for this growth, specifically pursuing this sector. In conjunction with the College of Informatics program at Northern Kentucky University, Tri-ED and local governments last year launched the UpTech initiative to recruit up to 50 digital informatics start-up companies to the region.
“E-commerce is a thriving sector in Northern Kentucky, building off of DHL’s presence at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport,” said Northern Kentucky Tri-ED Chair and Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore. “Companies that have located in Northern Kentucky, like Amazon are expanding, and share that they are impressed with our workforce and the work ethic in the region in addition to our central location.”
Northern Kentucky is increasingly viewed as an ideal location for companies that need to reach major metros in the United States within 24 hours via air, highway or rail. Companies can also reach international destinations very quickly with DHL’s global services and growing presence at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). Economic development officials market the region’s real estate availability, global market access and workforce as key Northern Kentucky value propositions.
They provided a list of some of the announcements this year along with information on applying for jobs in the growing e-commerce sector.
NorAm: New Hampshire-based and one of the nation’s fastest-growing companies moved its headquarters to Northern Kentucky in June. NorAm now employs about 225 in Hebron and plans to add another 50 to 75 jobs this year. http://www.northernkentuckyusa.com/PressReleaseDetail.aspx?ItemID=241
For more information about job employment at NorAm’s facility on Aviation Boulevard in Northern Kentucky, call 859-586-5555.
Elovations: In July, Northern Kentucky gained national e-commerce logistics company Elovations with plans for 700 new jobs and capital investment of $13.7 million.http://www.northernkentuckyusa.com/PressReleaseDetail.aspx?ItemID=236
Job seekers can contact any NKY One Stop office in six locations in Northern Kentucky.
Locations and addresses are available at http://nkyonestop.org/onestoplocations.
iHerb: California-based iHerb is establishing a regional e-commerce headquarters and new jobs in Hebron, Kentucky. iHerb, a food supplement e-tailer based in California, offers an impressive selection of top quality, brand name natural products.
For more information on iHerb and to apply for open positions, visit www.iherb.com.
DHL: Northern Kentucky is home to DHL, the international shipping giant, which recently expanded on the grounds of the CVG with a $47M mail sort facility. DHL is adding 300 positions as it wraps up its most recent hub expansion.
The logistics company hosted a job fair earlier this week in Northern Kentucky to immediately fill 100 new openings. http://www.dhl.com/en/careers/jobs.html
Amazon: In August, Amazon announced plans to hire 900 full-time employees and up to 5,000 seasonal workers at its fulfillment center in Hebron, Ky.