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Construction begins on $20 million logistics hub in Baldwin County

LOXLEY, Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey joined officials in Baldwin County Tuesday to officially kick off construction of a new logistics hub that will become home to Imperial Dade, a leading independently owned and operated distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies.

The facility is set to bring more than $20 million in total investment to Loxley, with plans to create 55 new jobs. The 220,000- square-foot building will support the company’s expanding customer base and continued growth along the Gulf Coast.

“Imperial Dade’s expansion proves what we already knew – job growth is on the rise on the Alabama Gulf Coast,” said Governor Ivey, who spoke at this morning’s groundbreaking ceremony. “Today’s expansion news means 55 new, good-paying jobs for Alabama families as well as an invaluable investment in our state and local economies.

“Because of investments like this, we will continue to be the leader of the southeast in offering first-class opportunities to the citizens of our state and making sure that anyone who wants a job can find one,” she added.

GROWTH PLANS

The new logistics hub, developed and owned by I-10 Gulf Coast Logistics Center LLC, will be the first Class-A industrial facility constructed in Baldwin County, with Imperial Dade making the move from an existing Loxley location. In close proximity to Interstate 10, the location provides easy access to the entire Gulf Coast market, including the nearby Port of Mobile.

“Loxley is the ideal location for our new logistics hub, which will allow us to expand our operations in this very important region,” said Robert Tillis, CEO of Imperial Dade.

The center is located just south of the new 564,000-square-foot ALDI regional headquarters and distribution center, a $100 million project that will create 200 jobs. Phase 2 of the development is currently being marketed, offering a total of 250,000 square feet in two additional buildings capable of accommodating tenants as small as 20,000 square feet.

“Loxley is very pleased with the amount of growth we have seen recently. Along with new development, we are also seeing existing companies like Imperial Dade continue to grow and thrive,” Loxley Mayor Richard Teal said.

“It is exciting to see Imperial Dade expand their business as well as bring new job opportunities for our citizens.”

The logistics hub project was announced in April 2021.

(Courtesy of Made in Alabama)