National Retailer Plans $100 Million Project in PA
Dollar General Corporation, a national retailer with more than 10,000 stores, will locate its new distribution center in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The $100 million project is expected to create more than 500 direct positions and 75 indirect trucking jobs.
â€śMy goal is simple: to make sure there is a job out there for every Pennsylvanian who wants one,â€ť Governor Tom Corbett said. â€śOur effort to bring Dollar General to Berks County means that 500 people will have the opportunity to earn a paycheck.â€ť
The company will build a 900,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art distribution center in Berks Park 78, a new industrial park in Bethel Township.
â€śThis distribution center is an investment in the growth of our company, as well as the state of Pennsylvania and Bethel Township,â€ť said Dollar General Chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling. â€śDollar 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.â€ť
Dollar General received a $2.2 million funding offer from the Department of Community and Economic Development, including a $1 million PA First grant, $225,000 in job training assistance and $1 million in Job Creation Tax Credits.
The project was coordinated by the Governorâ€™s Action Team, a group of economic development professionals housed within the Department of Community and Economic Development. The team worked with the Berks County Industrial Development Authority to bring Dollar Generalâ€™s new distribution facility to Pennsylvania.
â€śLanding Dollar General at Berks Park 78 was made possible by a team of dedicated professionals and public officials,â€ť Berks County Industrial Development Authority Executive Director Thomas C. McKeon said. â€śThey 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 couldnâ€™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.â€ť