While there have been a number of regions across the country where warehouse construction and expansion activity has picked up in recent years, the Eastern Seaboard is certainly a national leader. That trend continues now in Virginia, where a number of projects may soon get underway and bring a large number of jobs to workers in the Old Dominion State.
One developer is working to transform an old tobacco storage facility into a massive warehouse space with offices in the state capital of Richmond, according to a report from Richmond television station WTVR. The 25-acre site is actually home to 26 different warehouses measuring about 20,000 square feet each, and about $30 million will be invested into the new effort, known as Clopton Siteworks.
The first phase of the renovations has already been completed, and the second is nearly complete, the report said. Altogether, the entire project could create as many as 300 jobs for the region, and all the construction and renovation work should be ready to go by January. In addition, three of the eight planned spaces for the site have already been leased by local companies.
"When the tobacco industry declined here in Richmond, it moved out," John Gregory of Clopton Siteworks told the station. "This area lost a lot of jobs and so what we're trying to do is re-purpose these old buildings."
Another project underway
Meanwhile, about an hour and a half southeast of Richmond in Suffolk, Virginia, another developer recently broke ground on a planned warehouse space measuring more than 284,000 square feet in the Virginia Regional Commerce Park near the Port of Virginia, according to a report from Virginia Business. The work is expected to proceed quickly, with the space being ready for use by May 2017. Nearby spaces as part of a broader development are already totally leased.
The site is close to a number of land and sea routes and meets a growing need seen in the region for Class A warehouse space, the report said. It is currently unclear just how many jobs the new facility will create, but based on the demand in the Hampton Roads region, the number could be considerable.
With all this in mind, warehouse staffing professionals may want to make sure the offerings they're extending to would-be workers in the area are on par with regional and national standards. That, in turn, should help them land the best possible employees.