Commissioner: Nordstrom news shows Lancaster County open for business

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Jan 22, 2014 1:39 PM

(Lancaster) -- Nordstrom plans to build its east coast online fulfillment center in Lancaster County, creating 370 full-time jobs in the region.

The fashion retailer is committing to invest $79 million in the new facility at the Conewago Industrial Park near Elizabethtown.

In addition to location and workforce considerations, Nordstrom will be cashing in on $2.3 million worth of state grants and tax credits.

Scott Martin, chairman of the Lancaster County Commissioners, says attracting Nordstrom was a team effort.

"If you do not have the governor on board, if you do not have your state delegation, your local business groups and those who advocate for economic development on the local level, it's very tough to pull all these things together quickly," he explains.

Martin says he's thrilled Nordstrom is bringing more family sustaining jobs to the area. He says the announcement is the latest sign Lancaster County is open for business.

Its 5.9 percent unemployment rate is the third lowest among the state's metropolitan statistical areas.

Last October, Urban Outfitters chose the county for its east coast distribution center.

The Nordstrom facility is scheduled to open in the summer of 2015.

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