Dollar General said Monday that it has begun construction on a new distribution center in Janesville, Wis. It will be the 14th facility in the retailer's growing distribution network.
At full capacity, the 1-million-square-foot Dollar General facility is expected to employ more than 550 people to serve stores in Wisconsin and surrounding states. Assuming no significant construction or other delays, Dollar General plans to begin hiring in late summer 2016 with operations expected to begin in December 2016.
The Wisconsin Department of Economic Development estimates a total of 1,073 jobs would be positively impacted by the new facility within five years, taking into account the construction jobs that result from the project as well as the ripple effects the increased employment will have on the local economy. Clayco Inc. will be serving as general contractor for the project. Leo A Daly is the building design company and Élan Design Lab is the civil design company.
"This state-of-the-art distribution center will help support our growth throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest," Todd Vasos, CEO of Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based Dollar General, said. "I want to thank the city of Janesville, Rock County and the state of Wisconsin for their support of our project. Janesville provides a great location, a strong business environment and a great workforce to draw from to fill the 550 jobs that are anticipated to be created by this new distribution center."
"We are proud that Dollar General selected Wisconsin as the location of its latest distribution center, leveraging our state's strong economic assets to fulfill its business growth opportunities," Mark Hogan, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, said. "I am thankful to the many local and regional economic development partners who helped secure this project and the good jobs it will bring to Janesville."
The new distribution center is expected to service more than 1,000 stores in the Upper Midwest. Dollar General currently has 122 stores in Wisconsin with more than 900 employees. Dollar General's 13 other distribution centers are located in Alabama, California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
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