Up until 2009, every Slim Jim in the world was produced and distributed from the ConAgra plant in Garner, NC.  But in June of that year, a gas explosion took four lives and injured many more.  The plant soon closed leaving the Town of Garner with 98 acres of empty space and a giant hole in their economy.

However, last week, the Town of Garner announced that Amazon will create a state-of-the-art distribution center at the old ConAgra site.  Officially,

The Seattle-based e-commerce company will invest approximately $200 million in the site on Jones Sausage Road, formerly the location of the ConAgra plant where a deadly explosion occurred in June 2009. The investment will create an estimated 1,500 jobs, making the distribution center Garner’s largest employer. Amazon hopes to open the center by fall 2019.

Garner’s Economic Development Director, Joe Stallings commented that the distribution center will add approximately $45 million annually in new payroll in Garner. “That additional payroll will have positive ripple effects throughout our local economy.”

What are those ripple effects?  Garner and the surrounding experts can expect new restaurants, retailers, and residential communities to spring up.  Additionaly, the home values in the area should increase.  There is even a partnership for a $5.1 million investment in the road infrastructure.  Those jobs are not even included in the payroll prediction.

This is truly one of those times where business drives standard of living, but even more so, business is healing old wounds and transforming the local landscape from the ground up.

We’ve seen projects like this in Fredericksburg, and just like Garner, we hope and trust that our area will be transformed for the good as well.

If your employment brings you to the area and you need any information about our region, you are welcome to reach out to us.  Our team brings a wealth of “boots on the ground” knowledge to the table!  Please never hesitate to reach out.  Missy will personally buy you a cup of coffee. Our team looks forward to assisting you any way we can!

My best to you always,
Missy Walden
National Association of Expert Advisors


[1] http://www.garnernc.gov/Home/Components/News/News/668/17