Adairsville may see benefits from Lowe's Distribution Center
by Matt Shinall
Sep 08, 2011 | 6236 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An official groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday for the Lowe's Regional Distribution Center in Floyd County.

Projected to cover 1.4 million square feet costing $125 million, the north Floyd project will land at the corner of Ga. Highway 140 and Ga. Highway 53 in Shannon.

The North Carolina-based home improvement giant will employ approximately 600 people at the Floyd facility serving stores throughout the Southeast.

Although the development will fall within Floyd County, Lowe's new facility will reside only minutes from the Bartow County line and less than 10 miles from Adairsville city limits. City Manager Pat Crook looks for Adairsville residents to be employed by the development and with the city's location at the confluence of Ga. 140 and Interstate 75, area businesses -- including gas stations, restaurants and hotels -- may very well see a boost in traffic.

"I think it's going to have a regional impact in respect to jobs and maybe a little more positive growth," Crook said.

Executive Director of the Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development Melinda Lemmon, still wishes the location was inside county lines but sees the potential for Bartow County residents to benefit through various means.

"The Lowe's announcement is very exciting news for the northwest Georgia region. Although Bartow County would certainly value such an opportunity, at least the company will be nearby and will have a positive indirect impact on our community," Lemmon said. "For example, some Bartow citizens will likely find employment there. Also, Bartow companies may provide services, construction materials and more. Most notably to me, the announcement adds to the economic excitement going on in northwest Georgia, and helps reinforce that our region is a good place to invest."

Attending Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony was Gov. Nathan Deal along with Floyd County officials, Lowe's corporate representatives and officials from the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

"Georgia's logistics and workforce advantages help make us exactly the right place for Lowe's to be," Deal said. "Companies draw from their past experiences when deciding where to locate, so I'm pleased Lowe's experiences with its other facilities here have been positive and helped contribute to its success throughout the Southeast."