Governor Steve Beshear joined local and company officials to announce Gazelle Inc., the nation’s leading consumer electronics trade-in site, plans to establish a 37,500-square-foot processing center on Global Drive in Louisvilles Jefferson Riverport area. The company plans to create 438 new jobs and invest $22.3 million in the Commonwealth over the next several years.
Gazelle opened its doors in 2007, and began pioneering a new idea called reCommerce that led to the consumer electronics trade-in site, Gazelle.com. The company offers consumers an opportunity to earn cash for laptops, tablets, smartphones and other electronic devices, and has accepted nearly 1.5 million items people no longer needed.
To encourage the investment and job creation in Louisville, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $3 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.
Gazelles decision to locate in Louisville is great news for our city, region and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, said Sen. Perry B. Clark, of Louisville. This investment and the jobs that will follow will provide a huge boost to our economy. Along with affording us new opportunities, Gazelles decision to establish the processing center in Louisvilles Jefferson Riverport area reflects highly on our workforce. I believe I speak for a great many in our community in welcoming Gazelle. Our city looks forward to a longtime corporate partnership with Gazelle, and wishes the company much success. I also want to applaud Gov. Beshear for taking the lead to support this industry, their employees and their families.
The market that Gazelle serves promises to grow substantially in the years ahead as the pace of technology speeds up, so this is great news for Louisville and the more than 430 families who will benefit from this sizeable investment, said Rep. Joni Jenkins, of Shively. I want to thank Gazelle for taking this step, and I appreciate the hard work that Gov. Beshear, the Cabinet for Economic Development and our local economic officials did to help make this possible.
Gazelle is a perfect example of the kind of confidence that businesses have in our community," said GLI President & CEO Craig Richard. These new and high impact jobs, along with such a significant investment in our increasingly desirable logistics and distribution sector, are welcome boosts to our local and regional economy.
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