Dollar General Corporation started construction on its new state-of-the-art distribution center in Janesville, Wisconsin. It will be the 14th facility in the retailer’s growing distribution network.
At full capacity, the approximately one 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.
“This state-of-the-art distribution center will help support our growth throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest,” said Todd Vasos, chief executive officer of Dollar General. “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.”
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.
“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,” said Mark Hogan, Secretary/CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. “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 work done to bring Dollar General to Janesville represents a true public-private partnership between the City of Janesville, Dollar General, Rock County Development Alliance, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Alliant Energy,” said Janesville City Manager Mark Freitag. “Dollar General’s decision to choose our community demonstrates that we are business-friendly and provide the quality of life amenities that the company was seeking. We are excited to see the strong boost that this project will give to Janesville’s local economy.”
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.