KENOSHA CO. (WITI) — Meijer Distribution Inc. announced on Monday, March 17th that it is investing $146 million to purchase and remodel an existing facility in Pleasant Prairie for a new distribution center. The distribution center, which will be located in the LakeView Corporate Park, is expected to serve stores in Wisconsin, Illinois, and possibly other states.
Right now, Meijer has plans to open stores in Grafton, Oak Creek, Kenosha, Wauwatosa, Sussex, and Waukesha over the next two years.
Once work is completed, the 770,000-square-foot facility is expected to employ 271 full-time workers and 42 part-time employees.
Meijer Distribution Inc., is eligible for up to $5.25 million in tax credits from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) over the next eight years. The actual amount of the credits will be contingent upon the number of jobs created. The WEDC announcement comes one week after company President Hank Meijer said the Michigan-based retailer was planning a major push in Wisconsin.
This is the fourth major WEDC-backed project in Kenosha County announced in the last six months. Altogether, those projects are expected to bring about 2,000 jobs to the county, as well as more than $330 million in capital investment.
Other recent Kenosha County projects include:
- Amazon.com is building a $155 million distribution center in Kenosha, which is expected to create about 1,250 jobs.
- Hanna Cylinders opened a $3.1 million production facility in the LakeView Corporate Park that employs about 100 people.
- Kenall Manufacturing, which employs about 400 people, is relocating from Illinois to Kenosha and will open a new $27 million manufacturing facility and headquarters in the City of Kenosha.