Morgan Frisch/Recorder staff

Construction has started at the future home of the Dollar General distribution center at the Florida Business Park Extension on Route 5S.

By MORGAN FRISCH

Recorder News Staff

TOWN OF FLORIDA — Dollar General has officially broken ground at the Florida Business Park Extension on Route 5S for its new northeastern distribution center.

“To see the work starting and the dirt moving is certainly really exciting,” Montgomery County Executive Matthew Ossenfort said. “It took a lot to get to this point and I’m proud of the effort that was put forth by the county economic development office. Everybody worked together to get what is a very, very, big project done. It is certainly good to be at the final stage and look forward to the opening and the employment of hundreds of people.”

The facility, which makes for the 16th distribution center, is expected to create 430 new jobs, as well as approximately 200 temporary construction positions.

Dollar General proposed a $91 million, 750,000 square-foot distribution center. The 430 jobs are expected in the first five years of operation and the company expects to invest more than $85 million in the project.

Montgomery County Business Development Center CEO Ken Rose said the groundbreaking is always exciting because it comes after a very long process through local, state and federal permitting. Rose said they are only excited when the shovel hits the ground because they are seeing the projection coming to fruition.

He said he is hopeful there will be a smooth construction process over the next year. The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018.

Ossenfort said to his understanding, it’s going to be a very aggressive construction schedule.

“I think you are going to see a lot of activity on that site all the way up until the winter,” he said.

Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO, said in a released statement that Dollar General is looking forward to adding another state-of-the-art and highly efficient distribution center.

“It is exciting to move forward with a project that will create more than 400 jobs in Montgomery County,” he said. “I am grateful for our continued partnership and support on this project from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York’s Empire State Development and local leadership in Montgomery County.”

According to the release, once fully operational the facility is expected to supply products to approximately 800 Dollar General stores throughout New York and the northeastern states it serves. There are about 360 stores with more than 3,000 employees in the state.

According to Dollar Genera, Amsterdam was selected because of its convenient location to Interstate 90 and its proximity to Dollar General stores throughout the northeast, as well as Montgomery County’s business environment, quality workforce and the  availability of local and state economic incentives.

Town of Florida Supervisor Eric Mead said he is excited to finally see machines in the ground, and that it’s exciting for the town and another step forward in completing the industrial park.

“This project here is a feather in our cap, not just for the town, but Montgomery County,” Mead said.

Site trailers are already on the location and Mead said he’s looking forward to a continued relationship with Dollar General.

“I think because of the size and the scope of the project it’s certainly going to have an impact on the local economy and that’s the goal,” Ossenfort said.