Dollar General's massive distribution center which opened in Bethel, PA is fully up and running in northern Berks County. It's made of enough steel to build 6,400 cars, and the number of pallets it can hold would stretch from Bethel to New York City. Check out Dollar General's new distribution center...
The facility is Dollar General’s 12th distribution center in the United States, supplying merchandise to 706 stores in seven states, officials said. It employs 500 people.
Dollar General, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014, operates more than 11,000 stores in 40 states, including nearly 500 in Pennsylvania, 11 of which are located in Berks County.
“Dollar General is excited to celebrate the grand opening of our Bethel distribution center,” said Rick Dreiling, chairman and CEO of Dollar General. “Our presence in Pennsylvania represents another opportunity to help our stores better serve our customers. We also look forward to a longstanding partnership with the Bethel community as we continue to be focused on our mission of Serving Others.”
Dollar General announced plans to build the 930,000 square foot facility in 2012 and broke ground on the facility in fall 2012 with Kinsley Construction. It began shipping products in January 2014 and is currently scheduled to serve more than 1,000 stores in seven states throughout the midwest and northeast at full capacity.
“Our keystone location to markets, improving infrastructure and workforce of more than 6.4 million of the hardest working people in America drive companies like Dollar General to locate and invest in Pennsylvania,” said Tom Corbett, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. “My administration is proud to partner with Dollar General in bringing 500 new jobs to Berks County.”
Dollar General’s other distribution centers are located in Scottsville, Kentucky; Ardmore, Oklahoma; South Boston, Virginia; Indianola, Mississippi; Fulton, Missouri; Jonesville, South Carolina; Alachua, Florida; Zanesville, Ohio; Marion, Indiana; Bessemer, Alabama and Lebec, California.
The larger the distribution center, the longer the extension cords must be to get power where its needed and the more risk for wasting steps. With a million square feet, Dollar General is a prime candidate for the new technology Newcastle Systems has offered such companies as Amazon, Ross and others. Congratulations to Dollar General for their new distribution center grand opening and appreciation for the jobs they created. The ribbon cutting celebration had in attendance nearly 1,000 Dollar General employees, executives and supporters.
Even with the bad weather and competitive pressures that took a toll on its first quarter performance, Dollar General is pressing ahead with plans for 700 new stores. At Newcastle Systems, we are looking forward to their continued success.