Online marketplace eBay Inc. has officially accepted a $2.1 million incentive package offered by the state of Utah to further expand its operations in Draper and hire 207 more workers.
The incentive package is the company's third in Utah. In 2008, eBay was offered and accepted a $27.3 million incentive to build and staff a high-tech data-storage center in Draper that will create 50 high-paying jobs that pay an average of more than $50,000 annually. The company accepted that incentive, payable over 10 years in the form of a tax credit, and is now constructing the data center.
In May, the state offered eBay an additional $1.7 million to expand its customer service operation in Draper by 200 people. Ebay also accepted that incentive, payable over 10 years as tax credit, and already has hired those workers. State officials say those jobs average about $40,000 annually.
Since opening a customer-service location in 1999 with 200 workers, employment by eBay in Utah has grown to 1,200 people.
In October, eBay applied for the third incentive of $2.1 million based on yet another expansion, this one involving an additional 207 workers to handle operations work for the site.
"The expansion of our customer-service operations is not only a reflection of our great working relationship with the state of Utah, but our continued commitment to improving the customer experience at eBay," Chad O'Meara, vice president for customer service of eBay Marketplaces, said in a statement.
"We have attracted and retained a quality work force in Utah over the past 10 years, and we appreciate the ongoing community and economic support."