Wednesday, July 18, 2012

PetSmart Selects Berks County for New Distribution Center

"National retailer PetSmart Inc. will locate its new 870,000-square-foot distribution center in Bethel Township, Berks County, and create at least 500 jobs, according to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

PetSmart will construct the distribution center in Berks Park 78, a new industrial park located in Bethel Township. The company will start construction on the $50 million distribution center in the fall of 2012, with completion expected in the first quarter of 2014. The project is expected to create at least 500 new jobs by 2016.

The company received a $2.3 million funding offer from the Department of Community and Economic Development, including a $1 million PA First grant, $245,250 in job training assistance and $1.1 million in job creation tax credits.

The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, a group of economic development professionals who work directly with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania. The team worked with the Berks County Industrial Development Authority to bring the facility to Pennsylvania.

PetSmart Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of products, services, and solutions for pets. The company employs about 50,000 people and operates more than 1,241 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico."

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