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Dollar General Invests $100 Million in Bethel, Pennsylvania, Distribution Center, Creating More Than 500 Jobs

06/21/2012
Dollar General Corporation will invest $100 million on a 900,000-square-foot distribution center in Bethel Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, creating more than 500 jobs.

"This distribution center is an investment in the growth of our company, as well as the state of Pennsylvania and Bethel Township," said Dollar General Chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling. "Dollar General opened its first store in the Keystone state in 1974, and we are proud to have contributed to its economic growth by creating jobs for nearly four decades."

"My goal is simple: to make sure there is a job out there for every Pennsylvanian who wants one," Gov Tom Corbett said. "Our effort to bring Dollar General to Berks County means that 500 people will have the opportunity to earn a paycheck."

It's estimated that Dollar General's new facility, located at Berks Interstate-78 Industrial Park, in Bethel, a town northeast of Harrisburg, will also create 75 indirect trucking jobs.

"Landing Dollar General at Berks Park 78 was made possible by a team of dedicated professionals and public officials," Berks County Industrial Development Authority Executive Director Thomas C. McKeon said. "They put the financing, infrastructure, local incentives and permitting in place that allowed us to compete like we never have before with a true shovel-ready site. We couldn't be any more excited to welcome this great company and look forward to the jobs and economic benefit they'll bring to our region."

As part of a package of incentives, Dollar General was awarded $2.2 million by the Department of Community and Economic Development, including a $1 million Pennsylvania First grant, $225,000 in job training assistance and $1 million in Job Creation Tax Credits.

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