A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for Friday morning's opening of PetSmart's new $50 million distribution center in Bethel Township at Berks Park 78 industrial park.
"Bringing projects to the commonwealth like PetSmart's distribution center is adding jobs and having a positive economic impact on local communities," Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said in a news release.
Blue Rock Construction Inc., with offices in Allentown and New Jersey, began construction in 2012 on the 870,000-square-foot facility, which PetSmart officials said will bring about 300 jobs to the area in its first year and an estimated 500 jobs by the end of 2016.
The distribution center, which is just off Interstate 78, will service PetSmart stores in 11 states and eastern Canada – 170 stores this year and more than 260 by 2015.
"Bethel presented itself as an ideal location for our new distribution center, and we are excited to become an active part of this community," said Eddie Burt, senior vice president of supply chain for PetSmart. "The construction of this new facility and the jobs it's creating is just the beginning of our vibrant partnership with the town of Bethel."