Blair, Neb., November 10, 2020 – Dollar General’s announcement today of a state-of-the-art dry and DG Fresh distribution center in Blair drew praise and support from area leaders and community partners close to the project.
“We’re proud to welcome the first ground-up dual-distribution site for America’s general store to Blair. Dollar General’s commitment to community is a perfect fit for this region, and Washington County, regional leaders and Dollar General have worked together tirelessly to bring this exciting project forward. Dollar General’s new 85-acre site will be a terrific addition to our local landscape, and we’re excited to send our best workers to fill the more than 400 jobs this outstanding project will create,” said Mike Rooks, director of Washington County Economic Development.
Economists at the Greater Omaha Chamber used IMPLAN analysis to demonstrate, when fully operational, the 800,000 square-foot facility will add $106.1 million to the local economy each year, $53.5 million of which will be specific to Washington County.
“This $85 million investment by Dollar General speaks to Nebraska’s business friendliness and natural advantages as a logistics and supply chain hub,” said Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts. “The dual distribution center also adds to the tremendous growth Blair has been experiencing. Thanks to Dollar General for selecting Nebraska to be home to this new facility.”
The project, which comes on the heels of collaboration by Dollar General, Washington County, The Greater Omaha Chamber Economic Development Partnership, Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Nebraska Department of Transportation, City of Blair and regional public utilities, marks a ground-breaking that begins this month, and continues a tradition of more than 130 Nebraska Dollar General stores statewide.
The dual-distribution center in Blair is the organization’s first ground-up facility of its type. Dollar General operates 17 dry distribution centers and eight DG Fresh facilities nationwide.
In a press release, Dollar General officials said they are equally committed to creating both jobs, and a positive impact, in the community.
“We’re proud of Dollar General and the partnerships that catalyzed this venture,” said David G. Brown, president and CEO, Greater Omaha Chamber. “The 400 jobs at the project will help support an additional 326 workers in our community, while the local economy will see a boost to payroll income of about $39.5 million. That’s a remarkable testament to teamwork, and we couldn’t be more excited for all that is ahead. Congratulations to everyone involved; and, welcome to Blair, Dollar General!”
Brown added the “$39.5 million” payroll boost would come thanks to jobs directly related to the project’s operations, as well as additional household spending and business-to-business commerce – also directly associated with the functions of the project.
Individuals interested in joining Dollar General’s growing employee base may review available positions and apply online at www.dollargeneral.com/careers. The Company plans to begin initial hiring for management positions by summer 2021 with opportunities for general warehouse and DG Private Fleet team members by fall 2021. Dollar General provides employees with an engaging work environment, competitive wages, world-class and award-winning training and development programs and benefits including day-one telemedicine eligibility and Dollar General’s Employee Assistance Foundation, as well as health insurance coverage options, 401K savings and retirement plans, tuition reimbursement, paid parental leave and adoption assistance to eligible employees.
About the Greater Omaha Chamber Economic Development Partnership
The Greater Omaha Chamber Economic Development Partnership (https://www.omahachamber.org/economic-development/) represents a seven-county area from two states (Nebraska and Iowa) that includes Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Otoe, Pottawattamie, Sarpy and Washington Counties. The regionalized partnership operates as a comprehensive resource, driving growth and championing collaboration.
About Greater Omaha
Greater Omaha is a No. 1 ranked up-and-coming-tech hotspot, Time magazine’s 2017 No. 3 Most Up-and-Coming City in America and was named America’s No. 2 Best Small City by Resonance Consultancy. Greater Omaha is home to more than 30 communities and nearly 1 million people.
About the Greater Omaha Chamber
The mission of the Greater Omaha Chamber is to champion a thriving business community and a prosperous region through visionary leadership and collaboration.