Governor Wolf Announces 1,000 New Jobs in Lackawanna County Through Chewy Expansion
December 23, 2019
Governor Tom Wolf announced that Chewy, an online company for pet parents, will expand its operations in Lackawanna County. The company has pledged to invest upwards of $35 million into the expansion and create at least 1,000 new, full-time jobs in Archbald, Pennsylvania.
“Chewy has long displayed a commitment to the commonwealth, employing thousands of Pennsylvanians and serving millions of customers here for more than five years,” said Gov. Wolf. “The commonwealth is proud to partner in Chewy’s continued expansion and looks forward to its new chapter in Northeast Pennsylvania.”
With this project, the company is expanding its presence in Pennsylvania through a one million-square-foot build to suit location in Archbald Borough. The new fulfillment center, which will allow the company to ship to millions of its customers even faster, will be Chewy’s third Pennsylvania location.
“We’re thrilled to continue our growth in Pennsylvania with the opening of Chewy’s third fulfillment center in the state and tenth in the country,” said Pete Krilles, Vice President, Corporate Real Estate and Facilities for Chewy. “The launch of this new location will create 1,000 new, full-time jobs, deepening our economic investment in the northeast Pennsylvania region. In addition, it will further extend our delivery network across the Northeast and Midwest, enhancing the customer experience by providing even faster order delivery times. We appreciate the partnership with the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Lackawanna County, Archbald Borough, Valley View School District, the Governor’s Action Team, and the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development and look forward to joining the Archbald community.”
Chewy received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for the project. The proposal includes a $582,000 workforce development grant to help the company train its workers. The company has committed to investing at least $35 million at the site, creating 1,000 new, full-time jobs, and retaining 2,401 existing jobs throughout the state over the next three years.
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, with support from the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.
“We are delighted to welcome a business with the standing and quality reputation of Chewy to the Valley View Business Park. The Chamber team was pleased to work with the commonwealth, NorthPoint Development, and Cushman & Wakefield in the successful attraction of Chewy to Northeast Pennsylvania, as well as Archbald Borough, Valley View School District and Lackawanna County in making this major investment a reality,” said Bob Durkin, president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.
Chewy will be located in a facility in the Valley View Business Park, a mixed-use business park, part of a 1,300-acre development project, developed by The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, using several funding sources, including support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through various loan and grant programs.
Founded in 2011, Chewy’s mission is to be the most trusted and convenient online destination for pet parents everywhere. As the preeminent source for pet products, supplies, and prescriptions, Chewy delivers a broad selection of more than 1,800 of the best and most trusted brands, offered at competitive prices and complemented by a high-bar customer experience.
Chewy is co-headquartered in Dania Beach, Florida and Boston, Massachusetts, with customer service centers in Hollywood, Florida and Dallas, Texas, pharmacy in Louisville, Kentucky, and nine fulfillment centers across the country.
For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.