Wal-Mart perishable-foods distribution center in Mankato will employ 300

  • Article by: John Ewoldt , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 6, 2013 - 9:12 PM

The facility for perishable food will be Wal-Mart’s only one in Minnesota and will open in 2015.

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supervon2Mar. 6, 13 5:48 PM

I hope the minimum wage does not drive them to a neighboring state. Just think how much fuel you can buy when you take 300 X $3 X 40 = $ 36,000! That can move a lot of semis from other states in a hurry.

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eman2001Mar. 6, 13 5:59 PM

The story underestimates the pay by a substantial amount. Distribution centers pay much more than the retail stores. I expect $18-22.

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JT33Mar. 6, 13 6:04 PM

$9 to 10.99 while other warehouse workers in Mn are making $20+ per hour for the same work.. Why does Walmart always hide in desperate farming communities? Would it be to exploit the Yocals?

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mouthwashMar. 6, 13 6:15 PM

This job, toilsome and near minimum wage, is a good example of what a lot of "recovery" jobs being touted so strongly end up manifesting themselves as.

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mn2niceMar. 6, 13 7:14 PM

Putting a perishables distribution center in the state won't help them with their inventory control issues in the stores. Every time I go to the local store they are always out of stuff. It doesn't matter if I go on a different day of the week or at a different time, they still are out of stuff. Then I go after the truck arrives and they say guess it did't come on that truck, maybe the next one. Excuses, excuses, excuses.

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mattaudioMar. 6, 13 7:18 PM

This is a total and abject failure on the part of Mankato. Millions of dollars in subsidy and millions of dollars in long term liabilities. http://nathanielhood.com/2013/02/25/strong-towns-infrastructure-for-the-sake-of-jobs-new-post/ That's $10,000 subsidy per job. And has been pointed out these aren't high paying jobs. Will the City of Mankato ($2+ million) and DEED (TED program, $1 million) ever get their money back? Nope. The growth ponzi scheme continues.

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heckyousayMar. 6, 13 7:22 PM

The terms "Wal Mart" and "grocery retailer" should not exist in the same paragraph. Sad to see they're the biggest, because Wal Mart wouldn't make a pimple on a quality grocer's behind.

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gopherdudeMar. 6, 13 7:31 PM

Wal-Mart should commit to not overloading there perishable trucks and consistently being overweight for what the Freeway and Highway limits are in Minnesota. Wal Mart consistently brings in trucks from Iowa and Tomah Wisconsin to there Minnesota stores that are over weight putting extra pressure on our roads and Freeways. There trucks carrying dairy products, produce and meat and frozen items are frequently if not always over weight especially the milk trucks. Just ask the Wal mart store employees in Lakeville, Burnsville, Mankato, Maple Grove and so forth, they know the trucks are always too heavy. There is a reason Sam club trucks and Wal-Mart truck drivers avoid certain exits on 35 W and 35 E, they know the State Patrol is looking for them and they will get fined if they get caught. This is why you will see them taking back roads to the stores not just to save time. You can delete my comment but this is a frequent business practice at Wal Mart not just rumor, they are notorious for overweighting there trucks and do so knowingly. The state patrol commercial division should be on to there act by now.

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ironman1Mar. 6, 13 7:45 PM

The rest of us will end up paying millions for their healthcare!

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supervon2Mar. 6, 13 8:17 PM

gopherdude you are a total non-factual speaker. The weigh tickets have to be correct. Remember, those are 80,000 lb trucks and they fill them to the limit and not over. The drivers can lose their license and they don't take those chances. The only reason the loaders claim they are heavy is because they hate to do work. They would rather load toilet tissue all day.

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