WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Retail is still king, but the arrival of large distribution companies over the last six years has made warehousing Washington County's fastest-growing industry, a U.S. Census report released today shows.
The report, which is released annually and tracks business patterns across the country, shows that jobs in the transportation and warehousing sectors in Washington County nearly doubled between 2002 and 2006, from 2,139 to 4,141.
That growth largely can be attributed to the addition of large distribution centers like Home Depot Direct, Tractor Supply and Staples, said Timothy R. Troxell, executive director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.
"It's not a surprise," Troxell said about the increase. "Generally, if you look back at the announcements we've made of new companies, that's when Washington County saw a big increase in logistics and warehousing."