Dollar General Corp. will be locating a 900,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art distribution center in Bethel Township, Berks County.
The retailer, which operates more than 10,000 stores nationwide, said the facility would create 500 jobs. There will be 75 additional trucking jobs linked to the site.
Dollar General received a $2.25 million funding offer from the Pa. Department of Community and Economic Development, according to the Corbett administration. The money includes a $1 million PA First grant; $225,000 in job training assistance, and $1 million in Job Creation Tax Credits.The entire project is estimated at a cost of $100 million.
"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.
The project was coordinated by the Governor's Action Team, a group of economic development professionals housed within the Department of Community and Economic Development. The team works directly with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in the Keystone State. The team worked with the Berks County Industrial Development Authority to bring Dollar General's new distribution facility to Pennsylvania."Landing Dollar General at Berks Park 78 was made possible by a team of dedicated professionals and public officials," said Thomas C. McKeon, executive director of the Berks County Industrial Development Authority. "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.”