Hiring underway in Locust Grove
The City of Stonecrest will become home to one of three new warehousing facilities for Georgia-based The Home Depot, which is expanding in DeKalb, Fulton and Henry counties.
In addition to Stonecrest, the company is opening warehouse facilities in the cities of East Point and Locust Grove.
Gov. Brian P. Kemp said in his announcement today (Aug. 4) that the tri-county expansion will create approximately 1,000 jobs for the greater metro Atlanta area.
“Since 1978, The Home Depot has been creating jobs and opportunities for hardworking Georgians and for people around the country,” said Kemp. “As The Home Depot continues to grow, I want to thank the entire company for not only making long-term investments in their home state, but also continuing to support our local communities through their various outreach programs.”
Stephanie Smith, The Home Depot’s senior vice president of supply chain development and delivery, said the company is looking forward to providing more jobs.
“We’re proud to employ more than 27,000 associates in our home state,” said Smith.“The diverse workforce, cost of living, and location make it the perfect place to continue to grow our business. We look forward to welcoming another 1,000 new associates in the Atlanta area who want to build a career with The Home Depot.”
DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond praised The Home Depot’s tri-county expansion.
“The Home Depot has been a tremendous driver of workforce development in our state for many years,” said Thurmond. “This tri-county area expansion is a unique example of how to ensure job stability in our communities, and I am delighted that DeKalb County was selected as one of the three new warehouse locations.”
Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary said the city is investing $2 million in SPLOST funding (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) to build the road for the facility. The city, which is located in DeKalb County, has named the road Stonecrest Industrial Way.
“This will be the first phase of our strategic economic development plan as we build a gateway to the world through Savannah,” said Lary.
The company’s 615,000-square-foot “flatbed delivery center” will open on Stonecrest Industrial Way in 2021.
Henry County officials also applauded The Home Depot’s expansion.
“Henry County is thrilled to have the world’s largest home improvement retailer continue to make long-term strategic supply chain investments in our community,” said June Wood, chair of the Henry County Board of Commissioners.
“Henry County has gained a solid reputation as one of the top sites for business locations and expansions. This location further demonstrates that our community is built for success.”
“We are extremely excited in the City of Locust Grove to welcome The Home Depot as they grow their footprint in our community,” said Locust Grove Mayor Robert Price. “The Home Depot is such an outstanding company and community partner. The company’s decision to expand throughout the county and our city with internet, rapid deployment, and brick-and-mortar retail stores here speaks volumes of our strategic location and unique business opportunities.”
Fulton County and East Point officials also expressed their excitement about the investment The Home Depot is making.
“Now more than ever, it is important for companies to invest in the communities where they reside,” said Fulton County Chairman Robb Pitts. “The Home Depot has been a great partner not only to Fulton County, but in our community as well. We applaud their commitment to expand, thrive, and continue to provide jobs for Fulton County residents.”
“We are excited that East Point continues to be the city of choice for businesses to invest, provide livable wage jobs, and thrive,” said Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham. “We look forward to creating a long-lasting partnership with The Home Depot.”
In 2017, The Home Depot announced a plan to invest $1.2 billion in its supply chain to expand its distribution network with approximately 150 new facilities nationally. This investment will expand the company’s current same-day and next-day delivery options to 90% of the U.S. population. Georgia is a hub for the company’s Southeast supply chain operations and its national delivery strategy.
The Home Depot is currently hiring 600 associates for its new 657,600-square-foot Henry County warehouse located at 3150 Highway 42 South in Locust Grove. Interested jobseekers should visit careers.homedepot.com for more information or text JOBS to 52270 for a link to apply to local positions.
About The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,293 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, and Mexico. In fiscal 2019, The Home Depot had sales of $110.2 billion and earnings of $11.2 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.