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Construction is underway on the new home of one of northern Nevada's fastest-growing companies, creating hundreds of construction jobs.    Zulily is a Seattle-based online retailer that specializes in children's and women's apparel, toys, infant gear and home decor.

The distribution company is expected to provide 1,000 jobs when it moves into its 707,010-square-foot building in September. "You have these thousand employees who are buying houses, who are buying cars, who are going out to eat," Governor Brian Sandoval said Thursday. "So, there really is a strong ripple effect for the economy and there's a job multiplier."

The distribution company could employ up to 1,600 northern Nevadans. The five-year-old company already has $800-million of revenue and 3.7 million customers. "This is the largest announcement EDAWN's been a part of as far as our records go," Mike Kazmierski, EDAWN President & CEO said. "So, it shows you how large an impact it's going to have on our community."

The company chose Storey County over other suitors, like Phoenix, because of the business environment. "The great workforce, great business climate, and because of our real success since we started operating here, 2.5 years ago," Bob Spieth, Zulily Chief Operating Officer said.

Officials say Nevada's central location in the west makes it ideal for e-commerce. "Someone gets online and makes an order, they want that order in a day or two and our location makes us perfect for that in the west," Kazmierski.

Nevada's unemployment rate has fallen from about 14% to 8% in the last three-and-a-half years. Governor Sandoval says announcements like this are a step in the right direction. "We have a lot of momentum," Sandoval said. "The bottom line for me though is there are a lot of Nevadans out there that are still out of work. A project like this will give them the opportunity to have a job."
   
Zulily also has distribution centers in Seattle, Columbus, Ohio and the United Kingdom. While officials say landing this company is a huge win for Nevada, EDAWN says they could have some other big announcements down the road.

Written by Paul Nelson
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