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JRD Systems Distribution Center creating hundreds of jobs for Eastern Kentucky

Published: May. 3, 2021 at 4:19 PM EDT
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LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - A combination of perfect timing and the right location is just the combination that JRD Systems needed for its new distribution center.

“It will be a 200,000 square foot building, it will bring 200 jobs to the area and it is expected to be completed in November of 2021,” Paula Thompson said.

The London-Laurel County Economic Development Authority helped break ground on the Greer Industrial Park on Old Whitley Road recently. Thompson said that the process has been long-awaited.

“This project has been in the works for two years,” Thompson said. “We sold them the property, they worked with their design team and with their clients, so it actually is two years from beginning to end.”

Thompson, who is the executive director of the Development Authority, feels that this is just what the area needs to jumpstart its economy following the pandemic.

“Every time we take a big tractor farm and convert it into an industrial park, it is so exciting to see these buildings come up and see the people get excited to have these jobs for the community,” Thompson said.

Those at JRD will not be alone either, as there is a neighbor project in the works as well.

“That will create 100 jobs besides the new development and that will also align timing-wise with the other project,” Thompson said. “So we’ll actually have 300 jobs coming.”

With Thompson taking all of the responsibility.

“It’s really my job to create these jobs, to recruit these jobs, grow the jobs,” Thompson said. “So when you’re able to do actually what you’re tasked to do, it is a good feeling.”

Information for those who wish to apply at the JRD Systems Distribution Center will be available later this summer.

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