The President’s Pen is a weekly blog written by Jonathan Smith, New Vision’s President and CEO about local economic development projects and initiatives. It also covers economic trends, workforce issues, business climate policies, and manufacturing news.
One of the projects we are most proud of is the recruitment of Walmart's food distribution center (DC) in Grandview. The facility started operations in 2004 and the company employs approximately 600 associates at the DC. Employees make an average wage of almost $18 per hour and their paychecks favorably impact communities in the vicinity of Grandview.
The facility itself is massive. We have been on several tours of the place and the following facts put the DC's scale in perspective:
A few additional points of interest:
We appreciate Walmart's impact in our Valley. They have grown to become the County's second largest private employer. The next time you drive along Interstate 82 by Grandview you should take in the DC to the North of the freeway. Know that this facility contains a beehive of activity whose economic impacts radiate throughout our region. The DC is a great symbol of what we can accomplish through team efforts and a constant reminder of the benefits that come from economic development.