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(Janesville, WI) Dollar General Corporation has begun construction on its new state-of-the-art distribution center in Janesville's STH 11 Business Park. At full capacity, the center is expected to employ more than 550 people and service over 1,000 stores throughout the Upper Midwest. Initial operations are slated for late 2016, with full operations expected by 2019.

“This state-of-the-art distribution center will help support our growth throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest,” said Todd Vasos, chief executive officer of Dollar General. “I want to thank the City of Janesville, Rock County and the State of Wisconsin for their support of our project. Janesville provides a great location, a strong business environment and a great workforce to draw from to fill the 550 jobs that are anticipated to be created by this new distribution Center.”

"Wisconsin's growing business environment and dedicated workforce continue to attract more business to our state," said Governor Walker. "We are excited for Dollar General's new development here in Wisconsin, and with over 500 anticipated new jobs, they are a great addition to Rock County."

“The work done to bring Dollar General to Janesville represents a true public-private partnership. We are excited to see the strong boost that this project will give to our local economy,” said Janesville City Manager Mark Freitag

For over 75 years, Dollar General (NYSE:DG) has been delivering value to its customers. Currently, the company has 122 stores and more than 900 employees in Wisconsin. With the addition of this Janesville project, the company will now have a nationwide distribution network that includes 14 locations.

Clayco Inc. is serving as the project's general contractor. Leo A Daly  provided the building design services for this project, while civil engineering services were provided by Elan Design Lab.

To facilitate this project, the following organizations stepped forward with various forms of financial and/or technical assistance: the City of Janesville, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Alliant Energy/WPL and the County of Rock.

According to James Otterstein, Rock County Economic Development Manager, "This project provides another important validation point for the area, as an increasingly diverse collection of firms are continually discovering the value-added attributes that are associated with a Janesville-Beloit MSA location."

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