March 13, 2014
The Valley's new Wal-Mart Distribution Center is going up fast, but construction is far from over. Some noticeable progress has been made at the site near Mount Crawford, but Wal-Mart officials say it won't be ready for at least another year. When it's finished, the facility will employ more than 1,000 people doing everything from office work to loading trucks that deliver goods to area Supercenters. Officials with the Virginia Employment Commission say those jobs should pay around $11 to $12 an hour. Rockingham County is an area with low unemployment, but experts say the distribution center will draw in workers from across the region. "Anytime you have a large employer come in that offers a good wage rate and benefits, it's very attractive for the area," says Taylor Howell with the Virginia Employment Commission. Wal-Mart hopes to begin hiring for the new distribution center by the fall of 2006.