While much of the Eastern Seaboard has seen a significant uptick in the number of warehouses being built and more heavily staffed in recent years, this has been particularly true of two regions. The first is the Tri-State area, where hiring has been particularly heavy, but the other is the area North and South Carolina covers, where companies are likewise eager to set down roots for the logistics industry because of its proximity to Southern population centers.
In late October, Pepsi Bottling Ventures announced a plan to create 50 warehouse jobs over the next five years at its new distribution center in Robeson County, North Carolina, according to a report from Area Development. The average annual salary for the various positions in the facility will be about $39,500, significantly higher than the county's average of less than $29,600. Already Pepsi Bottling employs about 2,000 people across the Tarheel State.
A significant investment
Pepsi Bottling is expanding to Robeson County for a number of reasons, but perhaps the most important of them is that the region has many transportation options for getting products shipped out quickly and easily, the report said. This is especially true because the state is investing $400,000 in infrastructure around the facility as a means of ensuring smooth transport.
"North Carolina's excellent transportation systems, unparalleled workforce and convenient access to large consumer markets make it a prime destination for distribution centers," North Carolina Commerce Secretary John Skvarla, III, told the site. "Pepsi Bottling Ventures joins other success-minded companies in taking advantage of the assets that make North Carolina's economy one of the best-performing in the nation."
A little farther south
Meanwhile, in Jonesville, South Carolina, Dollar General recently held a job fair to find 70 employees to staff its distribution center, according to a report from Greenville television station WSPA. The jobs at this facility will pay workers - who aren't required to have experience in the field - as much as $14 per hour, depending upon the shift.
Likewise, many companies in the region who are looking to hire workers to fill warehouse positions will probably have to boost the value of their salary and benefits offerings to attract the best workers. This is especially true as businesses continue staffing up as they have in recent years, because the competition is getting ever fiercer.