JOLIET – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by company officials to open the new Home Depot Stocking Distribution Center in Joliet. The 1.6 million square foot facility, adjacent to the company’s Rapid Deployment Center, will employ approximately 200 people and serve more than 340 Home Depot stores across the Midwest. Today's opening is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to create jobs and drive economic growth across Illinois.
“We are pleased that The Home Depot chose to build this new facility and employ approximately 200 people right here in Joliet,” Governor Quinn said. “The region’s strong intermodal transportation resources and central location are ideal for this type of operation, and the area will only continue to grow as the new Illiana Expressway and South Suburban Airport are developed.”
“We’re thrilled to welcome our associates to the newest stocking distribution center here at our Joliet campus, and we greatly appreciate the support we’ve received from the state and the local community,” Home Depot Supply Chain senior vice president Mark Holifield said. “This site, coupled with the Rapid Deployment Center next door, will play an incredibly important role within our supply chain, helping our stores provide the very best customer service possible.”
The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,258 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The Home Depot had sales of $74.8 billion in fiscal year 2012 and employs more than 300,000 associates.
Under Governor Quinn’s leadership, the state of Illinois has identified, recruited and supported companies with the potential to bring jobs and economic growth to Illinois. The state has added 251,000 private sector jobs since January 2010, when job growth returned to Illinois following nearly two years of consecutive monthly declines.
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