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GOV. CASEY ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR WAL-MART DISTRIBUTION CENTER

 GOV. CASEY ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR WAL-MART DISTRIBUTION CENTER
 CLEARFIELD, Pa., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. Robert P. Casey announced today that Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation's largest retail chain, will build a nearly $30 million regional distribution center near Clearfield that will create about 500 jobs.
 The facility is expected to open in the fall of 1993.
 Casey said the state Department of Commerce and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will provide approximately $5.5 million in economic development assistance for the project.
 The state's investment includes $2 million from PennDOT to make highway and access road improvements for the center, to be located off the Woodland exit of Interstate 80 in Bradford Township.
 "All the numbers connected with this project are big," Casey said. "The site is more than 200 acres. The facility will cover more than 1 million square feet. The center will eventually serve 120 stores spread across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and New England."
 But the best news, the governor said, is that the new center will employ 500 workers.
 Casey noted that with Wal-Mart, the top three companies recently identified by Fortune Magazine as America's most admired corporations are now investing in Pennsylvania. Wal-Mart ranked third on the Fortune list.
 Merck, which manufactures health care products, and Rubbermaid, which makes rubber and plastic products, ranked first and second, respectively. Merck is planning a joint venture with a Swedish pharmaceutical firm in Chester County, and Rubbermaid's Little Tikes Division is building a plant in Cumberland County, near Shippensburg.
 "Even in tough economic times, the best managed companies in America are investing in Pennsylvania," Casey said. It's not happening by accident. We're making it happen by creating and maintaining one of the most competitive business climates in the country."
 Secretary of Commerce Andrew T. Greenberg said the Department of Commerce, through the Governor's Response Team, and PennDOT combined resources and worked together with state and local leaders to help bring Wal-Mart to Clearfield County.
 Greenberg commended the efforts of State Rep. Camille (Bud) George (D-Clearfield) "whose persistence was a major factor in making this project happen."
 "Wal-Mart, founded by the late Sam Walton, is one of this nation's true success stories," Greenberg said. "Once a regional company, it has worked diligently to expand to new markets such as Pennsylvania, where it has established several new stores in the past two and a half years."
 The Department of Commerce expects to provide $2 million in financing through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) toward the cost of land acquisition and construction, and another $1.5 million in Business Infrastructure Development (BID) funds to pay for installation of sewer and water lines to the Wal-Mart property, Greenberg said.
 The BID funds will go to the Clearfield Foundation to make the improvements to the property on behalf of the company.
 As part of the center, Wal-Mart will build a 15,000 square foot truck maintenance facility to service a fleet of 150 tractors and 900 trailers.
 Wal-Mart currently operates 18 distribution centers, 1,735 Wal-Mart stores, and 212 SAM'S Clubs in 43 states. The company operates 11 Wal-Mart stores and four SAM'S Clubs in Pennsylvania.
 The highway work planned by PennDOT includes improving the intersection of Routes 322 and 970; constructing a left turn lane on Route 322; installing traffic signals at the intersections of Route 970 and Township Road 605 and Routes 322 and 970, and modifying the westbound ramp on I-80 and providing a left turn lane on Route 970 at that intersection.
 Work on the highway improvements is expected to get underway in the summer of 1993.
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 /CONTACT: Ron Jury of the Department of Commerce, 717-783-1132, or John L. Taylor of the Commonwealth News Bureau, 717-783-1116/ CO: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Pennsylvania Governor's Office ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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