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National E-commerce Company Coming To Nanticoke

April 3, 2019

NANTICOKE — National e-commerce company Spreetail will occupy the second warehouse in the Hanover 9 project near Luzerne County Community College and plans to hire dozens of workers at a starting wage of $16.50 per hour. 

Spreetail will move into a 610,000-square-foot fulfillment center in the 2.4 million-square-foot business park being built in Nanticoke and Hanover Twp. by Missouri-based NorthPoint Development. 

State Sen. John Yudichak, D-14, Plymouth Twp., joined NorthPoint Development, state and local officials to announce the new tenant at a press conference late Wednesday afternoon at the site. 

Spreetail, established in 2006 in Lincoln, Nebraska, sells home, garden and backyard products online. Over the last 13 years, the company has grown and expanded across the country with offices in eight cities and six states with more than 650 employees.

This year, Spreetail will employ 50 people at the Hanover 9 site and company officials expect to employ 120 by 2021. The company plans to hire fulfillment team members and officials said the starting wage will be $16.50 per hour. The fulfillment center is tentatively expected to open on June 1. 

“We are very excited to open our new, state-of-the-art facility in Luzerne County,” said Bret Naugle, regional fulfillment manager for Spreetail. “This location offers logistical advantages that allow us to grow our business while creating new opportunities in the surrounding area. The team members we are already adding from the local community will no doubt have a great impact on how we delight our Spreetail customers each day,” 

Yudichak said Spreetail’s decision to invest in Nanticoke “continues to build upon an unprecedented surge in economic growth along the new South Valley Parkway.”

“Today, with our great partner, NorthPoint Development, we welcome Spreetail to a growing list of global companies that are investing hundreds of millions of dollars and creating thousands of jobs in the South Valley/I-81 corridor,” Yudichak said.   

The announcement follows a previous announcement in February that True Value Company would occupy another distribution center under construction in the business park. 

True Value Company, expected to open in the fall, plans to create hundreds of jobs at the site and is investing more than $150 million in the project. It plans to occupy 1 million square feet of space in a more than 1.3 million square-foot distribution center being built next to the warehouse for Spreetail.

Nearly 400,000 square feet is left for another business in the warehouse True Value is occupying, said Brent Miles, vice president of economic development for NorthPoint Development.

NorthPoint Development bought the mine-scarred Hanover 9 site from the Earth Conservancy for nearly $10 million last year.

Elected officials approved a tax break on the construction site under the state’s Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance program that calls for full real estate tax forgiveness for seven years, 90 percent exemption in the eighth year, 80 percent in the ninth and 70 percent in the 10th year.

NorthPoint Development also brought huge warehouses for Chewy, Adidas and Patagonia to a 172-acre parcel in another part of Hanover Twp. Chewy opened in 2017 and Adidas and Patagonia are hiring and close to opening, Miles said.

“We are pleased they (Spreetail) will join the names of Chewy.com, Adidas, Patagonia and True Value as great tenants NorthPoint has been able to secure for Northeast Pennsylvania,” Miles said. “We are proud of the public-private partnership we have built with the city of Nanticoke, Luzerne County, the Earth Conservancy, the school districts and the community college as we continue to invest in the area and keep the momentum to an all time high with capital investment and jobs for the area.” 

Recently, NorthPoint recently purchased another 173 acres from Earth Conservancy and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce for more development along Dundee Road in Hanover Twp. which also received a LERTA tax break. Work also has begun at that site. 

In all, NorthPoint Development has invested more than $393 million in capital investment in the South Valley Corridor, creating more than 4,600 new jobs. 

Spreetail received support from leaders of Luzerne County, Hanover Township, Nanticoke, school districts, Luzerne County Community College and the Earth Conservancy. 

“The jobs being created by Spreetail are good-paying family-sustaining jobs that will benefit our residents,” said Luzerne County Manager David Pedri. “We look forward to continuing a partnership that will pay dividends for the South Valley Corridor for years to come.”

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