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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Wayfair held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new Springfield center on Tuesday, announcing that they've already hired about 200 employees.
The online home goods store plans to hire a total of 600 full-time employees at the sales and service center, which opened its doors this year. While there is no definitive timeline in place, Wayfair officials said they are confident they will fill the positions.
The new center takes up a portion of the building, which was formerly owned by Symantec. After Symantec began downsizing, it sold the building to PacificSource.
With the center up and running, Wayfair hopes to contribute to the local economy.
"It's a sign. It's an opportunity to focus on the next part of the future and additional jobs and new companies that are out there and growing rapidly. This is a great community for those types of positions," said site director Joel Johnson.
According to the company, Springfield was chosen to house the sales and service center for a reason.
"We looked at Springfield because it has a great group of talent. The Pacific Time Zone helps us have good coverage, and it lets the quality of life for our employees be better because they can work closer to the native times for the areas they are in," said Wayfair co-founder Steven Conine.
The ribbon cutting also featured Springfield city staff as well as a representative from Gov. Kate Brown's office.