will expand its footprint in Ohio next year, according to the Columbus Dispatch. FILE

Amazon’s newest expansion to bring 1,500 jobs to Ohio Inc. will expand its footprint in Ohio next year and bring another 1,500 jobs to the state by the end of 2019, the company announced Monday.

The internet retail giant will build a distribution operation — its sixth in Ohio — in West Jefferson, a village located on Interstate 70 between Springfield and Columbus.

Employees at the 855,000-square-foot facility will pack and ship items such as electronics, books, housewares and toys, according to Amazon.

PHOTOS: Luxury home built by Charles Kettering for sale

“We are excited to open a new, state-of-the-art fulfillment center in West Jefferson, and to continue innovating in Ohio – a state committed to providing great opportunities for jobs and customer experience,” said Mark Stewart, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment, in a written statement. “Amazon is committed to providing great opportunities for employment and creating a positive economic impact for the region.”

West Jefferson is located in Madison County and has a population of 4,222, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

» Queen of Hearts card game legal in Ohio — for now

“We’re excited that Amazon is building a new fulfillment center in West Jefferson, which will help us build a stronger community for all,” said West Jefferson Mayor Ray Martin in a statement. “We’re proud of the business climate we have in West Jefferson, which is very attractive to industry leaders like Amazon.”

Amazon has more than 6,000 employees in Ohio.

Amazon already has Ohio fulfillment centers in Etna and Obetz. The company will launch additional fulfillment centers in North Randall and Monroe by the end of this year. A facility in Euclid is expected to open in 2019.

The center in Monroe is expected to bring another 1,000 jobs.

Read more coverage:

» Secret Service investigating Riverside computer attack

» The rise and fall of Elder-Beerman: A timeline of Dayton’s dying store

» Jim Renacci wins GOP primary, will face Sherrod Brown this fall

» Pike County murders: 8 deaths, 2 years, no answers

Thank you for reading the Dayton Daily News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Dayton Daily News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.