Updated: 09/10/2013 2:07 PM
Created: 09/10/2013 12:53 PM KSTP.com
By: Kate Renner
Shutterfly is looking to create more than just memories in Shakopee, they're promising to created hundreds of new jobs by building it's third production facility in the country - right here in the south metro.
Shutterfly, the internet image publishing company, chose Shakopee as home for it's new Midwest hub.
The building is supposed to be finished by July of 2014 and Shutterfly promises to deliver 329 jobs over the next five years.
The city of Shakopee and Scott County offered Shutterfly a tax incentive to abate all their city and county taxes for the first nine years once the company hits certain job requirements.
"When I look at Shutterfly, can you imagine what's going on, I can't imagine any city or county in the state that wouldn't try everything possible in the state to get them," said Scott County Commissioner Dave Menden.
"They looked all over the Midwest from Texas up through Minnesota and they explored a lot of sites here in the Metro as well, and they wanted to be here in Shakopee and be here in Shakopee and work with us, work with our community, our schools and be members of our chamber. So we're really excited to have them here," said Brad Tabke, Shakopee Mayor.
In addition to the 329 full-time jobs, Shutterfly says in peak seasons they anticipate hiring 800 part-time workers, possibly around the holidays.
Many Shutterfly products like photo albums, calendars and mugs will be made at the manufacturing plant. The company will look for employees with skills in manufacturing and customer service.