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.”
Tractor Supply executives on Monday broke ground on a 650,000-square-foot distribution center in Casa Grande, Arizona, located south of Phoenix, that will help power the company's growth push in western states. The warehouse will rise near where Interstates 8 and 10 meet and is expected to open late next year.
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Farm and ranch equipment and supplies retailer Tractor Supply is beefing up its distribution network in Texas, where it this week received incentives to build a 75,000-square-foot regional distribution center warehouse east of San Antonio. Work on the $8 million facility, which will employ almost 20 people, is expected to start before year's end. Tractor Supply runs about 140 of its roughly 1,360 stores in Texas.
Dollar General executives say they have begun work on a 900,000-square-foot distribution center in San Antonio. The Texas facility, which is expected to open its doors next October and employ about 500 people, will be the 13th regional warehouse for Goodlettsville-based Dollar General. The deal to build the center has been in the works since early this year.
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