Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2016
Office of the Governor
Contact: Brian Coy
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Contact: Suzanne Clark
Phone: (804) 545-5806
Contact: Erica Hoey
Phone: (312) 988-2128
Governor McAuliffe Announces 145 New Jobs in Dinwiddie County
~ ALDI to invest $57 million to establish division headquarters and distribution center ~
RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that ALDI, a leader in the grocery retailing industry, will invest $57 million to establish a division headquarters and 500,000-square-foot distribution facility in Dinwiddie County. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina for the project, which will create 145 new jobs.
“The decision by ALDI to choose Dinwiddie County as their division headquarters and distribution center is a wonderful testament to Virginia’s economic development assets and competitiveness,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The Commonwealth continues to be a top state for the retail and distribution industry, and I am pleased to welcome one of the nation’s fastest growing retailers to Virginia. This announcement is a significant win for Dinwiddie County and a great step forward in our efforts to diversify and build a new Virginia economy.”
“I congratulate Dinwiddie County on the addition of 145 new, good-paying jobs to the region,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “Virginia is located within a 10-hour drive of over 50% of the U.S. population, which makes the Commonwealth a strategic location for companies’ distribution centers. I thank ALDI for trusting in Virginia’s prime location, best-in-class infrastructure and talented workforce and wish the company continued growth and success within Virginia and throughout the country.”
A leader in the grocery retailing industry, ALDI operates more than 1,500 US stores in 34 states and serves more than 32 million customers each month. One of the fastest growing retailers in the US, ALDI currently is in the midst of an accelerated growth plan to operate nearly 2,000 stores by the end of 2018, bringing high-quality, affordable groceries to 45 million customers nationwide. ALDI has a strong track record of paying its employees market-leading wages and offering generous benefits. In fact, part-time staff working at least 25 hours per week receive full health insurance benefits and dental coverage, and all ALDI employees are invited to participate in the 401(k) savings program.
“We’re proud to locate our new division headquarters and distribution center in business-friendly Virginia. The access to qualified and capable employees and transportation options first attracted us to this location, but it was the integrity and positive attitude of the Dinwiddie County leaders that truly won us over,” said Jason Hart, CEO, ALDI. “Today, we have 32 ALDI stores in Virginia and we plan to open up to 60 additional locations across the Commonwealth over the next five years, helping more people save time and money by offering them premium quality groceries at everyday low prices in easy-to-shop stores.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Dinwiddie County to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $450,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Dinwiddie County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved $680,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds. The company is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.
“We welcome ALDI to the tobacco region,” said Delegate Terry Kilgore, Co-Chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission. “This is a great investment for the Tobacco Commission. This will help Southside and Dinwiddie County to move forward, and it represents a great victory for the Commission and the Commonwealth. ”
“ALDI has a strong reputation for providing quality employment opportunities,” said Brenda Ebron-Bonner, Chair Dinwiddie County Board of Supervisors. “They are the kind of company that Dinwiddie County is proud to welcome into our community.”
“Congratulations to Dinwiddie County for continuing to be a quality jobs leader in the region,” said Senator Rosalyn Dance. “You have continuously demonstrated how to best utilize every tool to bring new revenue and jobs to the region. I am grateful for the ALDI commitment and decision to establish its division headquarters and distribution center in Dinwiddie County.”
“We have always recognized Dinwiddie’s great promise, and it is wonderful to see that one of the nation’s fastest growing grocery retailers recognizes this potential as well,” said Delegate Lashrecse Aird. “The decision by ALDI to locate its division headquarters and distribution center in Dinwiddie County over several competitors is further proof of the great opportunity for business growth and economic development in this region. This investment of jobs to central Virginia will have a significant role in improving the livelihood for my constituents.”
“The Tobacco Commission is glad that we could help Dinwiddie County in attracting ALDI to locate their distribution center in the county,” said Tobacco Commission Vice-Chairman Senator Frank Ruff. “Dinwiddie’s location provides an ideal site for ALDI. The jobs and capital investment in the region are important for the continuing growth of the county and surrounding localities.”
To view the published release, please visit: http://bit.ly/2aXHuCq
Office of Governor Terence R. McAuliffe
Direct: (804) 786-4401
General: (804) 786-2211
Today, MBC was honored to host Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) on his four day tour through Southern Virginia. When MBC was formed in 2004, Senator Warner (then Governor) helped MBC negotiate a unique public-private partnership resource sharing agreement with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) that allowed MBC use of state owned Rights of Way in exchange for fiber along those routes. Senator Warner was briefed on the progress MBC has made in expanding open-access fiber networks in rural Virginia, and how the infrastructure is enabling private sector telecom providers to reach more markets and offer competitive services to our region. The MBC executive team also highlighted the on-going work with Microsoft, Facebook and Telefonica for their new subsea fiber optic cables landing in Virginia Beach next year. The subsea fiber cables will directly connect Virginia to Europe and South America and is a historic opportunity to expand global internet connectivity in Virginia as well as help attract more data centers, enterprise and other economic development projects to Virginia. MBC provided a comprehensive update on the “Homework Gap” Project, in partnership with Microsoft, which uses TV White Space technology to deliver no-cost wireless broadband services for educational content to families in the Halifax and Charlotte county school districts. MBC shared the recent broadband mapping results from RUOnlineVA, an initiative by Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson to identify the addresses of homes that have adequate broadband, that have less than adequate broadband, and that have no broadband. The map, which can be found at RUOnline.virginia.gov was telling as to the communities who still lack available broadband access. Senator Warner thanked the MBC team for their work in the region, and will continue to monitor the wireless project and share the success of that project with others.