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East Coast warehouse industry keeps booming

12/7/2016

East Coast warehouse industry keeps booming

In recent years, Pennsylvania has become a hub for logistics work because of its centralized location in relation to a number of the nation's biggest population centers. This is also increasingly true of North and South Carolina. Neither trend seems to be slowing down at all, as more efforts to build and expand such facilities - both big and small - are on the way.

In the town of Mocksville, North Carolina, the door distributor Reeb Millwork plans to expand its facilities to accommodate 10 more jobs as well as make upgrades to its existing warehouse, according to a report from the Triad Business Journal. The new hiring efforts come at a time when the company is experiencing increased demand from existing customers, and the renovation work will be completed with help from the state government.

Getting a closer look
In all, the expansion will require a capital investment of about $320,000, of which $100,000 will come from a grant issued by the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority, the report said. It's expected these efforts will be completed in early 2017. As for the hiring, Reeb Millwork will bring aboard those 10 new workers for a number of positions, including assemblers, drivers, customer service reps, and warehouse employees. That will add 10 percent to the company's existing workforce in the area - up from just 45 when the facility first opened six years ago.

"I'm optimistic that we are going to have a good year," Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, told the publication. "Most all of our existing companies are expanding."

Just up the road
Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, the state government and Philadelphia Regional Port Authority are set to make a huge investment in the city's ports to double capacity and increase jobs by 70 percent over the next four years, according to a report from the Philly Voice. Part of the expansion will include new warehouse facilities. By the end of these efforts, the port will employ more than 17,000 people either directly or indirectly, up 65 percent from the current number of slightly more than 10,000.

With these issues in mind, executives in charge of warehouse employment may need to consider the benefits of making sure they're doing all they can to offer prospective hires the best possible salaries and benefits as a means of staying competitive with the booming industry in their regions.