ST. GEORGE – An 817,000-square-foot distribution center for Family Dollar Stores, Inc., first announced in March 2012, is more than halfway complete in the Ft. Pierce Industrial Park area of St. George. The building for the $80 million highly automated facility is on schedule for completion by the end of January 2013, with shipping out of the facility expected to begin by July 1 of that year.
St. George News met with Project Superintendent Brad Meyer Friday.
“The first phase was due at the beginning of December,” Meyer said, “we turned that over to the conveyor company, which got started on schedule. We’re due to turn over phase two at the end of this month and phase three will be ready to turn over to the conveyor company at the end of January (2013).”
The facility is expected to be up and running, stocking the building, by mid-April, with final turnover at the end of June, Meyer said.
Videocast: Project engineer Jarrett S. Noblin and Superintendent Brad Meyer, Family Dollar Distribution Center, St. George, Utah, Dec. 14, 2012 | Videocast by Sarafina Amodt, St. George news
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Family Dollar declined to release information on how many jobs, how much payroll or contract dollars have been expended to date on the construction of the facility, which St. George News sought to appraise the economic stimulation Family Dollar has already brought to the Washington County local economy. Nonetheless, it is evident that the company is bringing a vital contribution to the economic development of the region.
According to statements included in a joint statement on behalf of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Family Dollar Stores, Inc. March 30, 2012, the company will, over the life of its agreement with the state, hire approximately 450 new full-time employees with the new jobs all including full health and retirement benefits. In his status interview included with this report, Meyer said that 300-350 of those will be filled over the next few months and the hiring process is now open online.
Family Dollar is currently taking applications online, starting with management positions. The company’s public relations manager, Bryn Winburn, provided the following list of positions currently or soon to be listed:
• Maintenance Positions are currently posted.
• Select Management Positions are currently posted.
• Production Team Member positions will be posted in early to mid-January 2013.
Interested applicants may apply online for all of the above (careers section).
The company’s human resources department will arrive at the facility in January; initial interviews will begin in February, and Meyer said that positions will be filled in a staged process from January through March 2013.
Interested job applicants may also visit the Family Dollar booth at the “What’s Up Down South” Economic Summit, Jan. 16 from 2-5 p.m. in the Ballroom at Dixie State College of Utah.
UPDATE Dec. 18, 2012: In response to reader inquiries regarding difficulties actually submitting applications online, as invited per Family Dollar representatives as reported in this story, St. George News contacted Family Dollar and received the following reply from Bryn Winburn, public relations manager:
“SELECT positions are currently posted and production jobs will be posted in January. Once posted, applicants will be able to apply online. Until the jobs are posted, we aren’t taking applications. The links below will take you to the maintenance and management positions that are currently posted for St. George. If applicants search and look for positions in Utah, they should be able to find these.
St. George News Editor-in-Chief Joyce Kuzmanic contributed to this report.
UPDATED Dec. 17, 2012: More direct link substituted for job applications online Family Dollar.