Business growth along the I-39 corridor has been booming over the past year. Last November Target announced it would build a distribution center in Dekalb, creating at least 600 jobs. Here is an update on that project as well as the hiring plan.
Construction is full speed ahead on Target's distribution center in Dekalb. Workers are actually three months ahead of schedule.
The building itself is 1.5 million square feet. That's enough capacity to hold 106,000 minivans. By next year it will house at least 600 new employees.
"People are excited. It's great. I mean the community could always use more jobs and it’s great for taxes," says community member Kristen Burns.
"If it lets someone move up or get a starter job, that kind of stuff impacts a lot of people," adds DeKalb resident Dave Graff.
The distribution center is the largest project Dekalb's ever seen. City Economic Development Administrator Paul Rasmussen says a business move of that magnitude put a target on the entire area.
"It's exactly like other hamburger chains looking at McDonalds. If McDonalds locates down the block it gives the indication to Burger King and Wendy's that there is a market here.”
Rasmussen says he has several prospective deals in the works. Dekalb was actually in the running for the Lowes facility. But just because they didn't land that opportunity Rasmussen says it still shows I-39 is being recognized as a major logistic corridor.
The hiring process for management positions here has already begun. Roger Hopkins of Dekalb's Economic Development Council says hiring for the rest of the jobs should begin by October. If you're interested in one of those positions, the best bet is to check out Target's website.