Company to build and open distribution center in Caroline

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CAROLINE, VA (WWBT) – More than 150 new jobs are on the way to Caroline County. McKesson Corporation is planning to build a pharmaceutical distribution warehouse on Route 207 just east of Interstate 95. That's right off exit 104. The distribution center will be built on the land known as the Caroline Commerce Center.

It's an opportunity years in the making. For decades, the Board of Supervisors has invested money into things like water and sewer for places like the Caroline Commerce Center, and it's now paying off.

Global company McKesson Corporation is planning to build a pharmaceutical distribution warehouse in Ruther Glen, bringing between 150 to 200 warehouse jobs.

"It's a huge number, and we are so honored to have the guys come into our community," said Board chairman, Maxie Rozell.

County leaders say location helps, calling Caroline the golden crescent of 95 located between Richmond and D.C. This is the first time in a long time the county has seen this much job creation.

"This is one of the largest work forces that has come to us in many years. We have established companies like Fort AP Hill and Rappahannock Electric Co-op and many other businesses that provide a lot of jobs already, and we are going to do all we can do to open up more business here," said Rozell.

McKesson Corporation is making a $50-million investment in Caroline, and the county has already agreed to kick in $460,000 in tax incentives and infrastructure improvements to sweeten the pot.  County leaders hope this new development means even brighter things for the future.

"Caroline County has always been a great place for business to come to and McKesson Corporation verified that. It's a fortune 14 company, we want more companies like them to follow," said Director of Economic Development Gary Wilson.

The distribution center will be built and bring in all these new jobs within the next 3 years.

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