Global representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) toured the new American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) facility in Humboldt Industrial Park in June 2014, in advance of the facility’s grand opening. The authorized investment representatives, based in countries which included Brazil, France, Italy, Germany, India, Taiwan, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Australia, work to help DCED, and regional economic development organizations, bring new businesses to Pennsylvania, and foster collaboration between foreign and Pennsylvania businesses.
American Eagle Outfitters/Distribution/Fulfillment Center in a one million square foot facility, on a 120 acre site. The total project cost is estimated to be $150 million. Projected employment of 370 over 3 years has already been achieved. The AEO facility is the largest in any of CAN DO’s parks, and among the largest in northeastern Pennsylvania. AEO has created more than 350 new jobs in Greater Hazleton, and nearly 600 more during peak seasons. The facility is a direct-to-consumer distribution center.
The AEO tour, arranged by local economic development organization Penn’s Northeast, in partnership with CAN DO, included the CAN DO Corporate Center in Drums, PA, and AEO’s building in Humboldt. “It’s truly amazing how the facility operates, with one of the most notable aspects being the automation inside. Everything comes in on trucks, and is immediately loaded onto conveyors, which are used to transport the products inside the building instead of forklifts. Each product is computer coded during its travels,” said CAN DO President Kevin O’Donnell.