Ridge Administration Announces 600 New Jobs in Monroe County

Wal-Mart Selects Northeastern Pennsylvania

For New Mid-Atlantic Distribution Center



Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- On
 behalf of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, Community and Economic Development
 Secretary Sam McCullough today announced that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to
 build a regional distribution center in Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County,
 creating more than 600 jobs.
     Construction of the 1.2 million-square-foot distribution center, which
 will be off Route 611, is scheduled to begin this spring.  The facility is
 expected to start serving stores in the Mid-Atlantic Region in spring 2002.
 "Pennsylvania, out of a handful of Mid-Atlantic states, is, for the third
 time, Wal-Mart's pick as the best place to locate a major distribution
 center," Secretary McCullough said.  "Wal-Mart currently operates distribution
 facilities in Bedford and Clearfield counties.
     "The reasons Wal-Mart is expanding here are clear -- Pennsylvania's jobs
 climate is one of the best in the nation, our workforce is steadfast and
 skilled, and our economic-development incentives are competitive and sought
 after.  On behalf of Gov. Ridge, I applaud Wal-Mart for again choosing to
 invest in our Commonwealth -- and for creating more than 600 jobs for
 Pennsylvania families!"
     The Governor's Action Team -- economic-development professionals who
 report directly to Gov. Ridge -- worked with Wal-Mart to make this project a
 reality.
     The Commonwealth is providing a $2.25 million financial package, through
 an Infrastructure Development Grant and an Opportunity Grant, to support the
 Wal-Mart project.
     "The Coolbaugh Township regional distribution center will enable Wal-Mart
 to better serve the growing number of customers who shop at our stores in the
 Mid-Atlantic Region," said Rollin Ford, Senior Vice President for Wal-Mart.
 "We are thankful to Gov. Ridge and Secretary McCullough for their support and
 assistance, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with
 Pennsylvania."
     The Infrastructure Development Program provides grants and low-interest
 loans to finance public and private infrastructure improvements that are
 needed for a business to locate or expand at a specific site.  The Opportunity
 Grant Program provides grants that will result in the creation or retention of
 jobs within the Commonwealth.
     Named by FORTUNE Magazine as the third-most-admired company in America,
 Wal-Mart currently operates 46 Discount Stores, 28 Supercenters, 19 SAM's
 Clubs and two distribution centers employing more than 30,000 associates in
 Pennsylvania.
     Under the Ridge Administration, Pennsylvania families and employers have
 saved nearly $15 billion through tax cuts, workers' compensation reform,
 electric deregulation and reduced red tape -- helping to create nearly 500,000
 new jobs.
 
     CONTACT:  Jason Kirsch of Pennsylvania Department of Community and
 Economic Development, 717-783-1132.
 
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- On
 behalf of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, Community and Economic Development
 Secretary Sam McCullough today announced that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to
 build a regional distribution center in Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County,
 creating more than 600 jobs.
     Construction of the 1.2 million-square-foot distribution center, which
 will be off Route 611, is scheduled to begin this spring.  The facility is
 expected to start serving stores in the Mid-Atlantic Region in spring 2002.
 "Pennsylvania, out of a handful of Mid-Atlantic states, is, for the third
 time, Wal-Mart's pick as the best place to locate a major distribution
 center," Secretary McCullough said.  "Wal-Mart currently operates distribution
 facilities in Bedford and Clearfield counties.
     "The reasons Wal-Mart is expanding here are clear -- Pennsylvania's jobs
 climate is one of the best in the nation, our workforce is steadfast and
 skilled, and our economic-development incentives are competitive and sought
 after.  On behalf of Gov. Ridge, I applaud Wal-Mart for again choosing to
 invest in our Commonwealth -- and for creating more than 600 jobs for
 Pennsylvania families!"
     The Governor's Action Team -- economic-development professionals who
 report directly to Gov. Ridge -- worked with Wal-Mart to make this project a
 reality.
     The Commonwealth is providing a $2.25 million financial package, through
 an Infrastructure Development Grant and an Opportunity Grant, to support the
 Wal-Mart project.
     "The Coolbaugh Township regional distribution center will enable Wal-Mart
 to better serve the growing number of customers who shop at our stores in the
 Mid-Atlantic Region," said Rollin Ford, Senior Vice President for Wal-Mart.
 "We are thankful to Gov. Ridge and Secretary McCullough for their support and
 assistance, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with
 Pennsylvania."
     The Infrastructure Development Program provides grants and low-interest
 loans to finance public and private infrastructure improvements that are
 needed for a business to locate or expand at a specific site.  The Opportunity
 Grant Program provides grants that will result in the creation or retention of
 jobs within the Commonwealth.
     Named by FORTUNE Magazine as the third-most-admired company in America,
 Wal-Mart currently operates 46 Discount Stores, 28 Supercenters, 19 SAM's
 Clubs and two distribution centers employing more than 30,000 associates in
 Pennsylvania.
     Under the Ridge Administration, Pennsylvania families and employers have
 saved nearly $15 billion through tax cuts, workers' compensation reform,
 electric deregulation and reduced red tape -- helping to create nearly 500,000
 new jobs.
 
     CONTACT:  Jason Kirsch of Pennsylvania Department of Community and
 Economic Development, 717-783-1132.
 
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