Kentucky will soon be home to a brand new customer service center, bringing with it many new jobs as a result.
Amazon announced that it was planning to build a new facility in Winchester, and will hire 600 seasonal and 550 full-time employees by 2017. The 70,000-square-foot building will house workers to provide customer support for clients of the online retailer.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said that he was thrilled that more people would be able to find employment with the Fortune 500 company.
“Amazon’s decision to grow its Kentucky footprint is fantastic news, especially when you consider the impact of more than 1,100 full-time and seasonal jobs it will bring to the central Kentucky region,” Beshear said. “Kentucky is proud to have Amazon choose Winchester for this growth opportunity and wishes them continued success and prosperity.”
Many are looking to the technology industry to help spur job growth. At a recent speech at SUNY Albany, President Barack Obama said that the sector would be vital to the economic recovery of the U.S.
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Two major medical device companies will be expanding operations into Northeast Ohio.
Phillips Healthcare, maker of diagnostic, clinical and home healthcare products, recently announced it plans to move approximately 100 jobs from its San Jose, California, operations to Highland Heights, Ohio, according to the Plain Dealer.
The company said the move is part of an effort to consolidate its nuclear medicine division. Most of the new jobs will be part of the research and development division with an average salary of $115,000 per year.
Meanwhile, Steris Corporation, which manufacturers medical-equipment sterilizers and other healthcare equipment, said it was planning what it called a “significant” investment in the region that would create a number of new jobs.
Although the details of the deal have not yet been disclosed, Steris is expected to take advantage of state aid, as well as incentives from the nonprofit BioEnterprise, a group dedicated to build the region’s biomedical economy.
Baiju Shah, executive officer of BioEnterprise, told the Plain Dealer that more job creation from Phillips and Steris would help strengthen the state’s healthcare sector.
“Both of these companies are important flagship companies for the region. And both are leaders within their respective areas in the medical industry,” Shad noted.

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