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Longview lands Dollar General warehouse

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The final paperwork has been signed, officially landing a Fortune 200 company's next warehouse and 400-plus new jobs in an East Texas city.

The Longview Economic Development Corporation inked the deal with the Dollar General Corporation.

"They're number 128 on Forbes 200. Dollar General has historically had a sound strategy moving forward. They're a financially sound company," says LEDCO president and CEO Wayne Mansfield.

After offering incentives and negotiating for two months, LEDCO says the deal was finalized,  as Dollar General named Longview a location for one of its 17 massive new distribution centers.

"We received a request for information probably about a year ago, We supplied information that would show Longview as a potential candidate for that  distribution center," Mansfield says.

And all the chips fell into place.

110 acres has been earmarked for the distribution center at Longview north business park. For a company that has been a quiet success story. With staggering projections for the future.

A Fortune 200 company with over 14-thousand stores, the corporation plans on opening 900 new stores in 2018, and project that by years end 3 in 4 Americans will live within 5 miles of a Dollar General.

"For Longview and our area it's labor, availability of skilled labor. And excellent transportation network," says Mansfield.

And landing this fish is enormous.

"It's not just Longview, it's Gregg county and the region, too.  400 jobs, additional contractors addition construction jobs. All of the local businesses that could benefit from a project of this magnitude. All the documents have been executed and the deal has been closed. We're excited to have them here in Longview,"  Mansfield says.

Dollar General Corporation Public Relations released the following statement on the plans to build the distribution center:

Goodlettsville, Tenn. (December 27, 2017) – Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) announced plans to build a new distribution center in Longview, Texas this morning.  The state-of-the-art facility in Gregg County is expected to create approximately 400 new jobs at full capacity and serve approximately 1,000 Dollar General retail locations in Texas and the southeast. Construction should begin in early 2018 pending the receipt of all required governmental permits and development approvals and the absence of unforeseen circumstances.

“Dollar General is excited to expand our supply chain and distribution operations in the Lone Star state with today’s announcement,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “This facility is expected to support Dollar General’s growing store count in Texas where we already operate more than 1,400 current locations and have complementary operations in San Antonio.  We look forward to the facility helping better serve our customers with value and convenience, as well as creating career opportunities for approximately 400 future Dollar General employees.  I would like to express my gratitude for our partnership with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, leadership in both Gregg County and the city of Longview and the Longview Economic Development Corporation, all of whom helped support this project.”

Dollar General plans to make the Longview distribution center its 17th facility in the major discount retailer’s distribution network and second in Texas.  In 2014, Dollar General announced plans to build its first Texas distribution center in San Antonio, Texas.  Located in Bexar County, that facility celebrated its grand opening in 2016.

In addition to the full-time jobs the facility is expected to create, Dollar General also anticipates a strong economic impact through hundreds of jobs needed to construct the nearly 1,000,000 square foot building. Dollar General has selected Clayco as the project’s official general contractor, Leo A. Daly as the architectural engineering firm and Elan Design as the civil engineering firm.

Dollar General takes a number of factors into consideration when choosing distribution centers including its location, its proximity to Dollar General stores, its local business environment and workforce and the availability of local and state economic incentives, among many others.

“Texas’ dynamic and booming economy is attracting new businesses every day, and we are honored to welcome Dollar General's new distribution center to Longview as the latest example,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott. “I am proud that companies like Dollar General continue to invest in our top-notch workforce, and I am excited about this partnership and the positive impact it will have on the Longview community.”

“A project of this magnitude absolutely requires a team effort and creative ideas,” said Wayne Mansfield, Longview Economic Development Corporation CEO. “We are grateful for the spirit of cooperation between Dollar General and our local economic development partners in order to bring this project to completion. The result of this collaboration will provide 400 jobs for our citizens and expand our tax base. The successful recruitment of Dollar General is testimony to the competitive advantages Longview and Gregg County possess. Dollar General’s reputation of success will fit well with our community.”

Dollar General currently has more than 1,400 stores and over 12,000 employees in Texas. Dollar General currently has 15 distribution centers that are located in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas (San Antonio), Virginia and Wisconsin. The Company’s 16th distribution center in Amsterdam, New York is currently under construction.

LEDCO officials say groundbreaking should occur in early January for the distribution center, and it is expected to open in 2019.

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