German-based multinational food company Aldi Inc has broken ground on a new regional distribution center in Faribault MN. With a capacity of 515,000 square feet, the facility is being built on a 110-acre site near Faribault's airport. Construction is set to commence in 2006, and completion is scheduled for October 2007.
Aldi had considered another distribution location in Hudson WI, but financial incentives provided via Minnesota's Job Opportunity Building Zone (JOBZ) economic development program clinched the expansion decision in Faribault's favor.
This center will serve Aldi stores in the upper Midwest. At first, the company likely will employ more than 50 people, with employment expected to swell to 78, plus up to 38 independent truck drivers who have contracts with Aldi.