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Walmart to open fulfillment center in Bethlehem

 Credit: Getty The fulfillment center will employ more than 350 people.
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A Walmart fulfillment center, aimed to compete with other e-commerce companies by shipping online orders more quickly, will open in Bethlehem, Pa., early next year.

According to a statement from Gov. Tom Corbett, the center will employ more than 350 people — twice as many during holidays. The facility is slated to be more than one million square feet.

"These new jobs will be long-term, dependable jobs for the hardworking Pennsylvanians of this region and are yet another sign of the continuing economic recovery across the state,” Corbett said in a statement.

A second fulfillment center located in Fort Worth, Texas, and started shipping orders just last week, according to USA Today. That facility is 800,000 square feet and employs 275 people.

Joel Anderson, president and CEO of Walmart.com US, told USA Today that the Bethlehem center will offer more next-day delivery options to online customers in the Northeast.

“We’re excited about this investment in Bethlehem as we continue our growth in Pennsylvania, which has been a tremendous business partner,” Anderson said in a statement.

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