Investing millions and hoping to add 277 jobs, PETCO is now contributing to the area of logistics careers, according to an article on AccessNorthGa.com, a Northeast Georgia news website. The well-known company sells pet products and is launching a ''new distribution center in Braselton.'' The facility will cost about $19 million, but the whole investment will run around $33 million, according to AccessNorthGa.com.
Once the company has built its new center in Braselton, Barrow County, it hopes to have 277 employees working in the new building. The building will serve the Southeastern US area and will be about 506,240 square feet in size.
According to AccessNorthGeorgia.com, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue said, ''Georgia’s strength in logistics makes it a top choice for national retailers like PETCO. Our robust transportation network and ready workforce are a natural fit for distribution centers.''
The CEO of PETCO also commented that the center will ''serve more than 200 PETCO stores across the southern part of the country,'' according to the Georgia website.
PETCO’s main hub is located in San Diego, California. The logistics deal went hand in hand with Georgia Power and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
The vice president of logistics industry development for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Bob Pertierra, said that he hopes the advancement will continue to grow the reputation of the area’s logistics services, according to AccessNorthGa.com.
It has yet to be seen how PETCO’s move will impact the overall logistics industry, but the company and Georgia officials seem to have high hopes for the area’s industrial and business growth through this investment.