Amazon Opening Warehouse in Salem, Ore.

Amazon plans to open a million-square-foot warehouse in Salem, Ore., the company announced. Employees will handle larger items, such as sports equipment, gardening tools and pet food.

Three months ago, Amazon announced it was opening a warehouse in Troutdale, for which, the Portland Business Journal noted, Amazon is receiving a five-year tax abatement worth close to $9.6 million.

Amazon also operates a sortation center in Hillsboro and a Prime Now hub in Portland.

As usual, local and state officials gushed about having Amazon open a warehouse. Governor Kate Brown said, "Amazon's continued expansion in Oregon means more jobs and bright futures for the Oregonians who work there and live in the surrounding communities. I'm committed to making sure Oregonians can build the skills to work alongside innovative technology and continue their education at the same time."

Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett said, "We're excited to welcome Amazon to Oregon's capital. This is great news for our local economy and small businesses. Salem is looking forward to partnering with Amazon to create innovative jobs and develop a lasting relationship with our vibrant community."

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