New jobs are expected to be created in Lebanon County as Walmart officials announced that their new warehouse “High-Tech Consolidation Center” has opened in the north Lebanon municipality and will be fully operational by the end of the month.
Walmart spokeswoman Lindsey Coulter said the facility is already operational and “plans to be 100% operational by the end of this month.” Workers and trucks were seen driving into the consolidation center on Wednesday afternoon.
The new 412,000-square-foot facility will bring nearly 1,000 additional jobs to the area, 500 of which were hired in advance, officials said. The warehouse at 1625 Heilmandale Road will be the second of its kind in Walmart’s supply chain, with the first located in Colton, California.
“We have continually invested in our people, facilities and technology to ensure we have the right product in the right place at the right time,” said Mike Gray, Walmart’s senior vice president, supply chain operations, in a statement. “As part of these investments, the Lebanon facility will provide even more opportunities for small and medium-sized suppliers who don’t ship nationwide to ship products to all 4,700 Walmart stores.”
The Lebanon Consolidation Center will serve all 42 regional distribution centers in the US. Officials said the facility’s automated technology could allow three times more volume to flow through the center. Suppliers will be able to ship goods to a single location for consolidation, rather than shipping separate orders for each of the 42 regional distribution centers.
“Walmart is shaping the future of the supply chain – a modern system that combines the latest software and automation technologies with a highly skilled and specialized workforce of Walmart associates – to revolutionize the industry as we know it,” David Guggina, Senior Vice President of innovation and automation, according to the press release.
The warehouse, developed by the Transwestern Development Company, was met with mixed opinions from local residents when it was first proposed to the North Lebanon Township Board of Supervisors in 2020.
While local business owners and managers said the project would have a positive economic impact, local residents said a new warehouse would bring all sorts of problems. Homeowners at the time said the project would lower property values, create more traffic on Route 72 and spoil the visual landscape.
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Large containers of consumer goods are delivered to the warehouse where they are repackaged and then shipped to distribution centers. Walmart officials said the project will see about 150 trucks entering and 140 exiting the site over the course of the day.
According to officials, the consolidation center can receive general merchandise from suppliers in smaller cargo loads and consolidate them into larger cargo loads. Suppliers can now ship goods to a single location for consolidation instead of shipping separate orders for each of the 42 regional distribution centers.
“It is an exciting time to join our second high-tech consolidation center in Lebanon. At this facility, we are implementing the technologies that Walmart will continue to roll out across our supply chain network,” said Guggina.
The new center is currently hiring, according to officials. Residents who want to learn more can visit them careers.walmart.com
Matthew Toth is a reporter for the Lebanon Daily News. You can reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @DAMattToth.