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Target to more than double its workforce by May

Published: Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 9:38 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 12:00 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – The Target Corp. distribution center will more than double its workforce by May, a company official told the City Council on Monday.

The center, at 1115 Macom Drive, employs about 350 workers, but by May, company officials plan to increase total employment to more than 800, said Mike Milano, general manager and director of distributions with Minneapolis-based retailer Target. 

“We are very confident that, here in DeKalb County, we have the talent needed to make this a reality,” Milano said.

DeKalb is home to one of Target's 38 U.S. distribution centers. The facility on Macom will become what the company calls an upstream distribution center, which means expanding its scope and headcount, officials announced Monday. 

Target has more than 1,800 big-box locations across the nation. Once the expansion on the DeKalb facility is complete, the center will distribute products to one-third of those stores. The change represents about $50 million added investment in the area, Milano said.

Upstream distribution centers typically handle products that aren't in steady demand, such as seasonal or promotional items, Milano said.

“It's regional merchandise. It's promotional merchandise. It's fad or trendy merchandise," he said. "Upstream distribution centers will handle all those things for which there is not a very significant demand history."  

The distribution center on Macom was built in 2006. Target received millions of tax incentives for the project. The current expansion was initiated by Target, not the city, DeKalb Mayor John Rey said.

Milano said he wasn't aware of whether Target had received any form of tax incentives for the project. 

City officials said the expansion of service would bring fresh opportunity to DeKalb County. 

“I am thrilled,” Fifth Ward Alderman Kate Noreiko said. 

The distribution center plays a significant role in the DeKalb community, Rey said, and expansion will be a great benefit to many.  

“It's exciting to see those new jobs coming to the community,” he said. "To see Target's current investment in the community – their historic investment in the community, since 2006 – in the DeKalb community is significant."

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