Radial Inc., a Pennsylvania company owned by Belgian mail and logistics company bpost since 2017, is investing $40 million to put a new e-commerce fulfillment center in Locust Grove, Ga.
The move will create 344 permanent jobs, with more than 1,000 being hired for seasonal work at the facility southeast of Atlanta.
Senior Vice President Ilias Simpson said Radial is investing to alleviate the pressure the pandemic has placed on e-commerce providers; the Georgia center will join more than 20 across the country for the global company, which also offers order management software and fraud protection along with fulfillment.
The project is the latest e-commerce win for Henry County, located along Interstate 75 near the Atlanta airport, which recently announced Korean mattress company Zinus would invest $108 million in a facility there largely to serve online retailers.
Locust Grove is home to a Tanger Outlet center, and leaders from the city and county somewhat ironically pointed to the e-commerce facility’s potential to help sustain the brick-and-mortar retail environment in Henry County. The 344 jobs and 1,000 seasonal workers are projected to inject $19 million in payroll and $3 million in sales taxes into the local economy.
Read more in the news release here.