All of us know that West Virginia is a great place to live, work, and raise a family, and this week, we were so proud to welcome a new friend to our state who has recognized the same thing -- Macy's.
I was thrilled to participate this week in the grand opening of the Macy's Direct and Consumer Fulfillment Center in Martinsburg, which will serve as the hub for online and phone purchases for much of the East Coast, South, and parts of the Midwest. At its peak, the center could employ up to 2,000 people. The building occupies 23 acres and contains cutting edge technology, including 14 miles of conveyor belt. That's pretty incredible.
It's very rewarding to have a project in West Virginia that promises to create jobs by the thousands right here at home.
The grand opening was a great day for the Eastern Panhandle, all of West Virginia, and for Macy's. I am so proud that when I was Governor, we were able to bring a team together to make this opportunity possible and that Governor Tomblin was able to fulfill it. But Macy's didn't come to West Virginia because of any politician or elected official, they came here because they recognized the quality of our workforce and that West Virginia is a great place to do business.
They've made a smart investment.
In West Virginia, our finances are solid. We have the money to pay our bills, and we pay them on time.
In West Virginia, we bring people together to determine how we can create the right incentives to invest here in America and create good jobs at home. Jobs that can help us raise and feed our families, and send our children to school. Jobs that will help us build a solid future and will keep this country strong.
In West Virginia, we are committed to ensuring that the government acts as a partner to companies large and small. And, we know that the last thing businesses need are onerous federal rules and regulations that are stifling job growth and holding companies back.
And in West Virginia, our greatest resource is our people. Our can-do spirit and our willingness to come together to find real solutions to our problems should serve as an example for the rest of the nation.
To Macy's, I say that you should look forward to continuing your relationship with the hardest working, most dedicated people I have ever known: the men and women of West Virginia.
If we continue working together, I have every confidence we can achieve this. I look forward to breaking ground on many more projects just like this one.