Courtesy: Business wire
Walmart has opened a new $135 million distribution centre in Mobile, Alabama. The centre has been set up to strengthen Walmart’s supply chain network while creating more than 750 jobs. Announced in March 2017, the facility will supply several regional distribution centres that support approximately 700 Walmart stores in Alabama, Mississippi and beyond.
“Walmart proves to be a great corporate partner to the state of Alabama, year after year, by investing in its stores, its employees and the surrounding community. Their commitment cannot be better proven than by the opening of this new distribution centre, which, when fully operational, will provide approximately 750 quality jobs in the Mobile area,” said Alabama governor Kay Ivey. “We are grateful to Walmart for supporting the economic health of the Port City, and for the large role they play in propelling our great state forward.”
“We are excited about how this facility will help us better serve our customers across the South and beyond, while creating a positive economic impact locally through job creation and future development,” said Jeff Breazeale, Walmart vice president, Direct Import Logistics. “We are grateful to the State of Alabama, Mobile County, the City of Mobile, the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and the Alabama State Port Authority for the warm welcome we have received here, and we look forward to a strong partnership with the community for years to come.”
When fully operational, the distribution centre will employ more than 750 full-time associates with wages currently averaging $16.50 an hour. Salaried associates in Mobile are expected to earn $50,000 or more a year and will be eligible for additional annual incentives.
“A major foundation of our company’s strong culture is our commitment to ‘strive for excellence.’ My team and I are excited to offer so many residents the opportunity to build a career,” said Barry Westbrooks, general manager, Mobile Distribution Centre. “Through two successful job fairs, we have filled more than 550 associate positions thus far, and look forward to the positive impact this facility will have on our associates and the customers we are fortunate to serve.”
The Mobile Distribution Centre complements Walmart’s real estate presence of more than 145 Walmart and Sam’s Club locations in Alabama, employing nearly 38,000 associates across the state. This will be the sixth import distribution centre in the nation. (SV)