Distribution Center Brings 200 Jobs to Bibb County | News
Officials say 200 jobs are on their way to Bibb County, by way of a distribution center for Tractor Supply Company.
Several city and county officials attended the announcement, including Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, who shared the news.
"That company is Tractor Supply Company," says Lt. Governor Cagle.
Gregory Sandfort, Tractor Supply President says the company has grown significantly in the last ten years. He says it started as a catalogue retailer. Now they have over 1100 stores in forty-five states, more than forty of them in Georgia.
"We have over 17000 team members, we call them team members for a reason, not employees because we treat them differently." explains Sandfort.
The new distribution center will be built next to Sara Lee off of Hartley Bridge Road in the I-75 Industrial Park. It will be four stories tall and over 650,000 square feet making it the largest distribution center in Central Georgia.
Sara Lee, right next door, is more than 200,000 square feet. Bass Pro's distribution center on the north end of the county is 400,000 square feet and Kohl's distribution center on Highway 247 is 588,000 Square Feet.
Sandfort says they chose Macon for their center because of it's central location. "We needed a building that we could bring closer to the port from Savannah as well as accessible to a major interstate," says Sandfort.
He says other things that factored into their decision were support from city and county officials, the opportunity for a stable workforce in the area and strong utility networks, because they want to be up and running in a year.
Bibb County Chairman, Sam Hart says they were able to use money from the SPLOST to get the site ready and attract the company to build.
"This is the pennies at work f we had not passed the SPLOST and had the opportunity to leverage that money we would not have Tractor Supply here today. So it's this community that helped make this happen." says Chairman Hart.
The distribution center should be open for business by the end of the next year, just in time for the company's 75th anniversary.
There's no word yet on when they'll start hiring or what positions will be available, but as soon as we find out we'll let you know.
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