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Amazon to open corporate office in Pittsburgh's South Side Works

| Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, 5:12 p.m.
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This file photo taken on Dec. 11, 2014, shows the logo of the online retailer Amazon displayed on computer screens in London.

Amazon will open a corporate office Tuesday in South Side Works on Pittsburgh's South Side.

Little is known about the office. The Seattle-based online retailer did not answer questions about the office or its function.

“Amazon is excited to be part of this vibrant community of exceptional technical and research talent,” a media advisory from the Washington-based public relations firm kglobal said.

Bill Kaper will be the general manager of the Pittsburgh office. Kaper has been with Amazon since 2011, according to his LinkedIn profile. His current position is listed as general manager of Amazon's translation services platform overseeing teams in Pittsburgh, Seattle and Dublin, according to the profile.

It also lists Kaper as the Amazon Pittsburgh Development office site leader.

Amazon acquired Pittsburgh-based Safaba Translation Solutions in September 2015. Safaba was started in 2009 by Carnegie Mellon University professors Alon Lavie and Robert Olszewski. The company developed automated translation products for large companies and counted Dell and Paypal among its clients, according to slator.com, a website about the language and translation business.

Neither Lavie nor Olszewski responded to calls or emails seeking comment. Both say they work at Amazon on their LinkedIn profiles.

Amazon operates a warehouse in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Fairywood in the West End. The company would not say how many people work there.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said in August that Amazon plans to create 5,000 jobs in Pennsylvania.

Aaron Aupperlee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach Aupperlee at aaupperlee@tribweb.com or 412-336-8448.

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