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SKULOGIX GETS $31 MILLION

Skulogix Inc., an e-commerce service provider with a distribution center in Lancaster, has received a $31 million injection of capital to get its marketing plans off the ground.

The company announced Monday it received the capital from private investors led by Blackboard Ventures, a subsidiary of the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board.

In Lancaster, construction of the company's 122,000-square-foot center is complete, computer systems are in place and hiring is about to begin, said Jon McDonald, director of marketing.

"We'll be looking to staff up in the next month and a half," he said. The company expects employment to reach 800 jobs over the next few years.

Skulogix, named for the ubiquitous "stock keeping unit" or "SKU" merchandise code, is ramping up a high-tech distribution system for apparel e-tailers. The knowledge-intensive system enables retailers to sell on the Web without fear of diluting their brands through sales to discounters.

The company has hired a human resources chief and is in final negotiations with five apparel retailers, MacDonald said. The Lancaster center will in operating in November, he said, in time for the Christmas shopping season.

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