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A Home Depot distribution center will be coming to Wood County. Troy Township has been a top contender for the new site since April.
The distribution center is expected to hire 125 full-time and 30 part-time positions. According to a township official, more could be hired after a few months.
Construction has already started on the site. The distribution center will sit just north of the Peaking Power Plant on Pemberville Road. It will be 1.6 million square feet and sit on 157 acres of land.
Troy Township has been on a short list for Home Depot since August 2012. Officials say the township was ultimately picked because of its location and easy access to state routes and highways.
Locals say having a Home Depot distribution center move in is huge news. This will be the largest corporation ever to call the township home.
B&B Repairs is located right across the street. Managers hope Home Depot will bring new jobs and new business.
"It's gonna be a vast improvement in our business. Our productivity is going to sky rocket. It really is," said Barry Meade, manager at B&B Repairs.
Even though work is far from finished, officials are already trying to bring more business to the area.
"One of the things they're doing with this project is putting a public road into the rest of the site. So that should open up the remaining 200-250 acres that's north of their project for more development," explained Wade Gottschalk, director of Wood County Economic Development.
All the new business is expected to bring in nearly $675,000 for Eastwood Schools.
"This is a win-win for everybody. Not only for Troy Township, but the surrounding communities," said Steve Levorchick, Troy Township trustee.
Township officials say crews have been working around the clock. They're hoping to have the facility open in 2014.