Amazon will open a warehouse in the state of Pennsylvania, expanding its workforce in a bid to grow the company’s footprint in the country’s manufacturing heartland.
The company said it will open its first full-time, on-site fulfillment center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a location it has not previously operated in.
The announcement comes as the company continues to struggle with Amazon’s dominance in the retail sector, which it owns.
The company has said it is considering opening more fulfillment centers across the country.
The Pittsburgh location will allow Amazon to offer more fulfillment services in the region, including online delivery and delivery-by-mail, the company said.
Amazon has also begun using warehouses to provide more local jobs to workers, the Associated Press reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly.
Amazon’s decision comes as many U.S. retailers are struggling with the loss of jobs, with some closing plants, cutting back on hours or even eliminating some of their offerings.
Last month, Walmart announced it would close 11 facilities and lay off 2,000 workers, including 700 in Pittsburgh.
Amazon said the move will create 1,300 new jobs, and the company is hiring additional workers in a range of other roles to support fulfillment centers and its workforce.
It also will offer support to local employers who have recently announced layoffs, such as restaurants and bars.
Amazon is the fourth-largest U.C.P. employer in the U..
S., according to the Center for American Progress, which tracks U.D.C.-based employers.