Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Grainger Is Ready to Start Construction

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Grainger Is Ready to Start Construction

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Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer

Chicago-based W.W. Grainger Inc. wants to break ground Oct. 29, construction permits pending, for its almost 250,000-square-foot distribution center at Westside Industrial Park.

Spokesman Michael McGrew said yesterday that construction would be completed and operations would start at the $23 million center during 2003, but he had no specific date. He said Grainger would own the building.

McGrew said yesterday that the Jacksonville location will be one of nine centers that Grainger is developing as it reformats its distribution network. "This is a whole new logistics platform," McGrew said.

The Jacksonville center will serve the 29 branches in Florida and the southern half of Georgia.

He said the network will allow Grainger to replenish its branches more quickly. Grainger provides maintenance, repair and operating supplies to businesses and institutions. Its product categories include electrical, lighting, motors, power transmissions, pumps, safety, security, tools and other products.

As we reported yesterday, Grainger expects to employ 100 people at the center. City Council has approved an economic development grant up to $550,000 for the project, based on the increase in property taxes the center will generate.

A building permit is pending for the project on 31 acres at 8001 Forshee Drive. Pattillo Construction Corp. is the contractor.

SCHEIN: Also at Westside Industrial Park, Henry Schein Inc., the Long Island, N.Y., medical products company, is considering a move into the building it has been leasing, but not occupying, in the West Jacksonville business center.

Schein signed a lease two years ago for a 136,000-square-foot building in the West Jacksonville center, but did not move in.

"We are looking at several different alternatives, one of which is to move into the Jacksonville facility, but at this point, no decision has been made yet," spokeswoman Susan Vassallo said this week. …

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