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Written by Matt Davis on April 11, 2013. Posted in News/Weather

A ribbon cutting ceremony – correction – a board cutting ceremony was held yesterday afternoon for the new Lowe’s Regional Distribution Center in Rome.  The ceremony was attended by numerous local officials and business people, as well as officials with Lowe’s.

Construction on the 1.5 million square foot facility began in September 2011 and was completed this month at a cost of approximately $125 million.

The new Lowe’s RDC, located off Georgia 140, will serve approximately 100 stores in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.  It will start receiving products on Monday with the intent to begin shipping on May 20th.  The center will handle more than 32,000 different items, from paint to power tools to appliances and lawn mowers.

The Rome Lowe’s RDC currently employs about 400 team members and plans to create some 600 new jobs by 2016.  Lowe’s RDC General Manager Andy Johnson says that 5,000 people initially applied for jobs with the new center.

Doc Kibler, the 2013 Chairman of the Board for the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, was impressed by the Lowe’s RDC and expects it to be a major contributor to the economic development of Rome and Floyd County.

Yesterday’s celebration also included tours of the new facility.

In addition to the Rome RDC, Lowe’s has distribution facilities in Valdosta, Savannah and Palmetto and 63 stores that employ approximately 10,000 people in the state of Georgia.

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