Discount retail giant Dollar General is looking to build a distribution center in New York or New England that would employ more than 400 people. The Goodlettsville-based company is asking New York officials for a zoning variance and tax breaks to build in Wilton, north of Albany.
Word of Dollar General’s plans comes just days after the company said it had started building a 1 million-square-foot distribution center in Wisconsin that will employ about 550 people.
Discount retail giant Dollar General — the company with more than 12,000 stores around the country — has begun building its 14th distribution center, a mammoth facility in Janesville, Wisconsin, just north of the Illinois state line. The new facility will service about 1,000 stores in the Upper Midwest.
At full capacity, the approximately one million square-foot Dollar General facility is expected to employ more than 550 people to serve stores in Wisconsin and surrounding states. Assuming no significant construction or other delays, Dollar General plans to begin hiring in late summer 2016 with operations expected to begin in December 2016.
France-based supply chain giant Geodis has completed its acquisition of Brentwood-based Ozburn-Hessey Logistics. Adding OHL gives Geodis 120 distribution centers in North America with over 36 million square feet of flexible warehouse space that generate $1.3 billion in annual revenues. Combined, the companies have almost $9 billion in sales. OHL CEO Randy Curran will join Geodis' executive committee.
Executives at Amazon.com say they plan to hire 6,000 people nationally in the coming weeks for their network of sorting and distribution centers. Among the sites getting new full-time positions are Murfreesboro. If Amazon is hiring roughly the same number of people at each of the 19 centers slated to grow, the company's Rutherford County outpost will get another 315 jobs.
One of the largest players in the drug distribution business has acquired Metro Medical Supply in a hush-hush deal that will take its revenues well above $5 billion.
The acquisition of Metro Medical by Cardinal Health was first reported last week by industry consultant Adam Fein at Drug Channels Institute. A Cardinal spokeswoman on Tuesday confirmed the transaction to Columbus Business First but declined to offer any details about its scope or Metro's size.
Metro Medical was founded in 1984 and has grown into one of the largest privately held pharmaceutical distributors in the country. With warehouses in Nashville and Reno, Nevada, the company now also runs a group purchasing organization focused on oncology practices and units serving the renal, home health and medical/surgical disposable products sectors. Based on information on its GPO website, the company has revenues of at least $1 billion, but Fein said in his report the top line could actually be closer to $2 billion.
The Hand Family Companies group of drinks distributorships has acquired the alcholic beverage rights of Chicago-based Central Beverage and formed a joint venture with that company for its non-alcoholic drinks portfolio. Central sells about 4 million case equivalents per year.
"Lakeshore Beverage and Hand Family Companies are very excited to add the wonderful suppliers of Central Beverage to our fold. We hope to build upon the successes of Central and move forward for many years of sustained partnership together," said J.R. Hand, President and CEO of Lakeshore Beverage and Hand Family Companies. “Since we have entered the Chicago market, we have focused on continued share growth for our current suppliers and our total business. This transaction is another huge leap for our employees, suppliers and shareholders to solidify our company as the number one distributor in Chicago and the entire state of Illinois.”