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Gov. John Kasich celebrates Amazon jobs ahead of State of the State address

Gov. John Kasich on Monday celebrated Amazon’s expanding footprint in Ohio at a grand opening event for its fulfillment center in central Ohio. (Credit: Jackie Borchardt,

ETNA TOWNSHIP — “On the eve of his annual state of the state address, Gov. John Kasich took a victory lap at an Amazon fulfillment center his administration helped locate east of Columbus.

The online retailer employs 3,000 people at the 855,000-square-foot building it opened east of Columbus in September. The center is one of 20 nationwide where Amazon uses robots and people to quickly fulfill and ship customer orders.

Kasich often cites the company’s growing presence in Ohio, including cloud computing facilities and a wind farm, as signs of Ohio’s improving business climate.

Kasich’s remarks during a grand opening here Monday could have been a mini-preview of his statewide address. While praising the company’s expanding footprint in Ohio, Kasich called for increased investment in automated vehicles and technology and spoke against a legislative push to eliminate the state’s renewable energy standards.

…’It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for the legislature to take us back on the issue of renewables,’ Kasich said. ‘Renewables are the wave of the future. That doesn’t meant that these other things like natural gas and coal don’t matter — they do matter. But this world is increasingly moving toward renewable energy and Ohio is moving in that same direction if we don’t stop it.'”

— Jackie Borchardt, Cleveland Plain Dealer

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