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Grainger announces plans to build distribution center in N.J., expects to bring 400 jobs to the area

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Grainger, a supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, announced Friday it has purchased 96 acres of land in Bordentown Township for a 1.3 million-square-foot facility.

"Our new distribution center will allow us to get more products next day to our customers in the Northeast, so they have what they need to help keep their operations running and their people safe," Paige Robbins, vice president of Americas Supply Chain with Grainger, said in a statement.  "Grainger has been in New Jersey since 1933, and we're looking forward to becoming an active member of the Bordentown Township business community."

The distribution center is scheduled to open in 2016, and the company expects to employ more than 400 people, primarily warehouse operations.  Grainger expects existing employees and new hires to fill the spots.

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"Bordentown Township is excited to welcome Grainger to our community," Stephen Benowitz, Mayor of Bordentown Township, said in a statement. "The company has a reputation as a strong employer and good neighbor, and their presence will surely be a boost to our economic development plans. We will continue to work with Grainger as they build and open their facility, and look forward to a long, mutually-beneficial partnership.”

Grainger currently operates 11 facilities in New Jersey, with 10 branches throughout the state and a distribution center in Robbinsville, according to the announcement.

IDI Gazeley, a global player in the logistics property sector, is the developer and construction manager for the project and the firm Grey Construction will serve as general contractor.  Also, two New Jersey-based firms are helping to design the center — Princeton-based KSS Architects and Maser Consulting, headquartered in Red Bank.

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Emily Bader is the copy and web editor at NJBIZ. She is a Brielle, N.J. native and a Rutgers University alum. You can contact her at emilyb@njbiz.com or @emilybader on Twitter.

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