Growth path leads to Wisconsin
To help it find a site for a new 1-million-square-foot distribution center, Dollar General Corp. called on the Certified In Wisconsin Program, which provides potential tenants with all the information required to make quick decisions about whether a site meets their needs, such as utility and transportation infrastructure, environmental assessments and quality of labor force. WEDC covers part of the cost for site certification, resulting in a wide selection of suitable properties for companies considering locating in Wisconsin.
In addition to being located on a Certified Site, the Dollar General project will benefit from $5.5 million in performance-based tax credits through WEDC’s Enterprise Zone Tax Credit Program, which gives preference to areas of the state with the greatest economic need and targets projects with significant capital investment and job creation potential. The City of Janesville is considering two Tax Increment Financing Development Agreements, and the project will also benefit from a State Transportation Economic Assistance grant.
An ideal location for expansion
Dollar General is one of the nation’s largest small-box discount retailers. The company operates more than 12,000 stores in 43 states, and currently employs more than 109,000 people. The new facility, Dollar General’s 14th distribution center nationwide, is expected to hire 552 full-time employees by 2019 in fulfillment of a regional expansion strategy. The Janesville site’s location within the Highway 11 Business Park, with ready access to major transportation lines, was a major factor in the location decision.