Office-supply retailer Staples Inc. broke ground in Hagerstown yesterday for a huge distribution center that will create 700 jobs in Washington County by the end of 1998.
The warehouse, located outside Hagerstown near the intersection of Interstates 70 and 81, will begin supplying products to 370 stores across the eastern United States in the first quarter of next year, according to Staples President Martin Hanaka.
State and local governments offered Staples, based in Framingham, Mass., $4.2 million in incentives to build the $43 million distribution center in Washington County, where it will become the fourth-largest employer.
Mayor Steven Sager said the Staples plant would help maintain a downward trend in the county's unemployment rate, which was 4.6 percent in May, down from 5.6 percent a year earlier.
The warehouse, covering 840,000 square feet, will be the largest in Staples' distribution system and the largest investment in the company's 10-year history.
Hanaka said its payroll will total $11 million in 1997, when the work force will number 600. The payroll will rise to $15 million, with 700 workers by the end of 1998.
Pub Date: 7/12/96