Target Spawns More Growth

The new Target distribution center is a gigantic facility with one and a half million square feet, over 190 miles of piping and over 650 employees, but it’s the vastness of its economic impact that could prove most impressive.

The reasons that brought Target to DeKalb could bring more companies to the Rock River Valley.

DeKalb’s location close to Chicago is a definite advantage for the distribution center, but the company also targeted an area with a high caliber workforce. During the distribution center ceremonial ribbon cutting Target executives told 23 News several things pointed to a successful employee recruitment campaign.

Interviewees often don't show up, and those offered jobs often decline, but neither of those things happened. Other distributors could look at that and our road and rail system and decide to make the Stateline home.

Target is the second of three regional distribution centers to open within about 45 minutes of Rockford. If they prove to be successful, more could be on the way.