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Target Distribution Center seeks more workers

April 10, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Target Distribution Center in Chambersburg plans to send its first shipments to stores June 15, but as of Wednesday the warehouse still needed about 200 workers to fill orders, the center's general manager said.

Between 500 and 600 workers are needed to the get the 1.35 million-square-foot distribution center operating, General Manager Bill Miller said.

Within three years, the center at 3001 Archer Drive between Interstate 81 and U.S. 11 in Guilford Township south of Chambersburg expects to employ about 1,000 workers, company officials have said.

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The screening process for potential employees is rigorous, according to a company brochure.

Most of the positions are warehouse jobs. They require workers to lift up to 47 pounds on a regular basis and up to 60 pounds occasionally, Miller said.

Wages for warehouse jobs can run up to $11.20 per hour depending on the shift and days of the week worked. The warehouse will operate 24 hours a day seven days a week. Miller said employees receive a generous benefits package.

Target officials thought they would find enough applicants to fill all the positions at a three-day job fair held at the warehouse in March.

They predicted that between 8,000 and 10,000 applicants would show up over the three days.

About 4,200 came in from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, but only about 3,800 filled out applications, Miller said. Most applied for positions other than warehouse jobs, he said.

A second, three-day fair was held last weekend and 280 people showed up. Miller said 237 filled out applications.

He said just about all of the center's 70 or so packing jobs have been filled.

Packers fill the orders. Warehouse workers load and unload trucks, pull merchandise and drive power equipment.

The center also has filled its 60 clerical, maintenance and general positions, Miller said.

"We're still interviewing every day for the warehouse jobs," he said.

Training will begin May 12 and the first shipments of merchandise will begin arriving at the center in the last week of May, Miller said.

The Minneapolis-based retailer owns more than 1,000 stores across the country, and plans to open about 100 more this year. Target has about 250,000 employees nationwide.

The closest Target store to Chambersburg is in Hagerstown.

The Chambersburg center will serve 32 Target department stores at first, then 48 by the end of the year in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, Miller said.

For more information on jobs at the center, call the Target Jobs Hotline at 717-375-1780.

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