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54 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 19 - March 25, 2004 Governor welcomes Wal-Mart Distribution Center to Delaware Company to offer 1,000 new jobs Gov. Ruth Ann Minner joined representatives from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recently to welcome them to the new Wal-Mart region- al distribution center in Smyrna. The Wal-Mart regional distribu- tion center will add 1,000 jobs to Delaware's workforce. "There will be 1,000jobs at this facility and those 1,000 jobs will have an economic impact on our state of more than $40 million dollars a year," said Minner. "This facility will have a long- term and positive impact on Delaware, on Kent County, on Smyrna and on the Smyrna School District." The 1.2-million-square-foot fa- cility is located in the Smyrna Business Park, one mile west of U.S. 13. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., America's largest retailer, will use the new Smyrna distribution cen- ter to stock all its retail locations within a 200-mile radius. The center represents a capital invest- ment of approximately $50 mil- lion by Wal-Mart "We are proud to open this state-of-the-art distribution facili- ty in Smyrna which not only brings new jobs and revenue to Delaware, but allows us to be- come an integral part of the Smyr- na community," said Rollin Ford, Wal-Mart's executive vice-presi- dent of logistics and global supply chain. "We will be a good corpo- rate citizen and look forward to a strong partnership with the people of Smyrna" The state, in a collaborative ef- fort with Smyrna officials, has worked with Wal-Mart since De- cember 2000 to attract the distri- bution center to its current site. "The Wal-Mart Distribution Center will make a significant contribution to Smyrna's econo- my," said Smyrna Mayor Mark G. Schaeffer. "It is not just job cre- ation. The Wal-Mart Distribution Center will help support our school district. It will act as a springboard in attracting new businesses, and it will enhance our tax base." "Wal-Mart's decision to choose Smyrna as the site for its new dis- tribution center fulfills an eco- nomic development goal to create sustainable wage jobs in Kent County," said Delaware Econom- ic Development Office Director Judy McKinney-Cherry. In addition to the new distribu- tion center, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. currently operates three discount stores, four Supercenters and one Sam's Club, employing more than 3,225 associates in Delaware. Last year, Wal-Mart and its asso- ciates raised and donated an esti- mated $431,000 for charitable causes in the state of Delaware. "Fortune" magazine recently named Wal-Mart the Most Ad- mired Company in America for the second consecutive year. Wal- Mart Stores Inc. operates Wal- Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neigh- borhood Markets and Sam's Clubs in all 50 states. Internation- ally, the company operates in Puerto Rico, Canada, China, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, United Kingdom, Argentina and South Korea. The company's securities are listed on the New York and Pacific Stock exchanges under the symbol WMT. Last year, Mart Stores Inc., contributed more than $140 million to support communities and local nonprofit organizations. Customers and as- sociates raised an additional $70 million at stores and clubs Businesses and public invited to shop, network Business & Professional Women/Harrington (BPW) invites the pub- lic and the business community to join in making Connections from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, at the Americlnn, Route 13, Har- rington. This event will be an opportunity for entrepreneurs to network and showcase their businesses to the community. It will also offer the public a chance to discover new products and services available in the area. Connections will feature a spring hat show, a variety of exhibits, a silent auction and door prizes. This will be an excellent opportunity to shop for spring. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free to the public For details, call Dawn Elliott at 398-9266, 398-8505 or email delliott @ No Lucky Charm Steven Billups photo Wal-Mart makes donation to Bear Hugs for Babies Wal-Mart of Rehoboth recently donated $1,000 to Bear Hugs for Babies. The organization donates essential items to newborns who are either born into poverty or are homeless. Shown standing are (l-r) baby department Manager Keysha Brown; Philip Brown, founder of Bear Hugs for Babies; store Manager Frank Durst; and Lonnie Brown, personnel manager. 11 I .... IIl[HIIIlilimnnllllln[Uai00i[ I I i I I I00]iH00ill00l00llllilliimil00iqll ................. IVI00 Hillll