However, Douglasville Development Authority director Jeff Noles said McMaster-Carr would create construction jobs immediately when it begins work on its new 700,000-square-foot facility in Riverside At Sweetwater Creek business park by the end of this month.
“It’s an investment in our community,” Noles said. “The job growth is more of a long-term effect.”
Noles said the city worked about seven years with McMaster-Carr before the company chose to buy the 112-acre site on Industrial Parkway on which it will build.
Internet reports indicate site work already has begun in the 309-acre business park near Sweetwater Creek State Park. General contractor Holder Construction Co. is set to begin construction by the end of this month and complete work by the first quarter of 2015.
McMaster-Carr, based in Elhurst, Ill., specializes in next-day delivery of maintenance, repair and operations materials and supplies. It offers more than half a million products and supplies to industrial and commercial facilities worldwide.
The new facility reportedly will serve as an e-commerce fulfillment center.
In addition to its current Atlanta location, the company operates distribution centers in New Jersey, California and Cleveland, Ohio.
Noles said the new facility helps current employees because they would not have to relocate from the metro Atlanta area. The company will be consolidating operations and moving from buildings along Fulton Industrial Boulevard in southwest Fulton County.
“That’s 600 jobs in close proximity that won’t have to move,” he said.