The construction of a new Alabama Wal-Mart distribution center that is set to create over 500 new jobs will soon begin, AL.com reported. Earlier this month, county officials approved a building and land disturbance permit – the green light needed for Wal-Mart to take the next step on the project.
"We're excited about reaching this step in the process," Wal-Mart spokesman Phillip Keene told the source. "We'll continue to work with state, county, city and port officials closely and we thank them for their support so far."
The project, valued at about $127 million, represents a significant milestone and opportunity for the region. The distribution center will act as an import hub that will handle at least 600 truckloads' worth of goods per day.
According to AL.com, the 550 full-time jobs opening up at the facility will be primarily available to county residents, with hourly wages expected to be about $16.83. The source noted that Wal-Mart must maintain a particular number of Alabama-resident employees for it to receive full state tax credit.
Earlier this month, Wal-Mart announced that over 850,000 of its U.S. associates - more than 22,000 of whom were based in Alabama - would be getting a share in over $157 million in cash bonuses, as well as annual pay raises, Yahoo Finance reported.