TARGET HAS BEGUN CONSTRUCTION ON A NEW DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN DEKALB. IT'S A PROJECT THAT WILL LIKELY CREATE MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND JOBS FOR STATELINE WORKERS.
A NEW TARGET DISTRIBUTION CENTER MOVES INTO DEKALB, BRINGING NEARLY 600 NEW JOBS TO THE STATELINE IN 2006; BUT WITH THE POTENTIAL TO CREATE 400 MORE BY 2010.
"We are going to provide 1-thousand jobs for men and women to be able to work hard for work worth doing," says Governor Rod Blagojevich.
GOVERNOR BLAGOJEVICH WAS ON HAND FOR THE OFFICIAL GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY TODAY. THE STATE PROVIDED 9.6 MILLION DOLLARS IN TAX INCENTIVES AND GRANTS FOR THE PROJECT. IT'S ONE OF THE LARGEST DEKALB'S EVER SEEN.
"We’ve got Nestle, we’ve got 3M, we've got Goodyear and now this fourth major company just adds to the mix," says DeKalb Mayor Greg Sparrow.
JOBS AT THE FACILITY WILL RANGE FROM EXECUTIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS TO WAREHOUSING AND PACKAGING. BUT THE HIRING PROCESS WON'T BEGIN UNTIL SPRING OF NEXT YEAR.
THE CENTER WILL SERVICE MORE THAN 70 TARGET STORES IN ILLINOIS, INDIANA AND WISCONSIN, SO DEKALB SEEMED TO BE THE TARGET LOCATION.
"Illinois is a big state for us. There are 71 stores and plans for more growth, so it’s centrally located for transportation," says Vice President of Distribution Services for Target, Mitch Stover.
THE DISTRIBUTION CENTER WILL BE THE ANCHOR FOR PARK 88, DEKALB'S INDUSTRIAL AND BUSINESS PARK; AND AS FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, CITY AND COUNTY LEADERS BELIEVE IT WILL PUT A BIG TARGET ON NORTHERN ILLINOIS.
CONSTRUCTION OF THE 1.5 MILLION SQUARE FOOT FACILITY WILL CREATE ABOUT 500 JOBS. THE NEW DISTRIBUTION CENTER IS SLATED TO OPEN IN SUMMER OF 2006. THE HIRING PROCESS WON'T BEGIN FOR ANOTHER FEW MONTHS.