LITTLE NECK, NY—Local politicians and community development groups joined Leviton’s chief executives at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to herald the planned February 2009 opening of the company’s new distribution center in Lebanon, TN. The 450,000- square-foot, fully automated facility will serve as one of the company’s two domestic warehousing and distribution hubs.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony offered local officials an opportunity to learn about Leviton and tour the inner workings of the facility. Members of the Lebanon City Council, Wilson County Commission, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Tennessee Valley Authority, and Nashville and Lebanon Chambers of Commerce joined with Lebanon Mayor Don Fox and congressional representatives to take part in the event.
“In selecting a site for our new distribution center, we assessed many areas of the country that fit our geographic needs, offered a strong workforce and provided attractive incentives,” said Donald Hendler, president and CEO of Leviton. “At the end of the day, Wilson County distinguished itself as the right match for our needs. I’d like to extend my gratitude to Duke Realty Corporation, the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County, the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the City of Lebanon and Wilson County, along with many other groups who have shown their support in making this project a success.”
The new facility will service U.S. customers east of the Mississippi River, and serve as a regional showcase for the Leviton’s distribution technology and products. The center will ship over half of Leviton’s U.S. order volume and bring approximately 150 new jobs to the area.