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Hundreds of new jobs are coming to the Cumberland Plateau. Gov. Haslam announced a well-known sporting goods store is investing $100 million in Putnam County. 8-8-14
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00:00 Hundreds of new jobs are coming to the Cumberland plateau
00:03 governor bill hasn't announced today. A well known sporting goods store
00:07 is investing 100 million dollars in Putnam county. WBI heritage reporter
00:12 -- Johnson was in cook well -- has more on the
00:14 impact of that new distribution center. Academy sports and outdoors and
00:20 build a new one point six million square foot distribution center.
00:24 On -- 200 acre site here and thoughtful. Economic announcements made
00:29 by governor -- happening this time academy sports and outdoors is
00:33 bringing 700 new jobs to Putnam county. -- could still --
00:37 the sites for its third distribution center forever contaminated jobs. --
00:42 Danny has been moving forward while everybody else to sit still
00:46 this is a game changer. For the city -- built for
00:49 the entire region -- -- you should always play your strength
00:51 and we have infrastructure in place the best highway system and
00:55 a and a country. Yeah absolutely. Blessed with a great physical
00:58 location of the hectic where you wanted to be in the
01:01 country he might pick right where we are academy. Outdoors --
01:04 sports will build its one point six million square foot distribution
01:07 center right here on more than 200 acres of land just
01:10 south of could feel old Stewart wrote. While this is great
01:13 news for the local economy. For one couple it means they
01:16 now have to move out of their home they've lived in
01:19 for 32 years absolutely I'm reluctant to no matter. I had
01:24 all intentions of being here -- -- -- -- that --
01:27 Carter has lived in this could still home since the early
01:30 eighties forming on the many acres of lands nearby currently --
01:34 corn soybeans and wheat. -- about. About 12100 actors. Carter and
01:42 his wife eventually agreed to sell their home for the academy
01:45 project I felt like this was a good positive move for
01:48 the Anbar -- for the community. A move that will bring
01:51 a 100 million dollar investment to Putnam county which includes --
01:56 -- -- Johnson fifty WP IR ten -- yourselves and construction
02:00 on that academy project will begin this month with plans to
02:04 open in early 2016.
Gov. Bill Haslam announced Friday that Academy Sports will open a new distribution center in Cookeville, which will create about 700 new jobs in Putnam County over the next five years.
Academy Sports will begin construction on the 1.6 million square-foot facility this month, which the company estimates will be operational by early 2016. The distribution center will be located off Old Stewart Road along Interstate 40 in Cookeville. This will be Academy Sports' third distribution center.
The retailer said it will invest $100 million in Cookeville over the next five years.
"We've been an active member of the Tennessee community for over 15 years through our stores, and we're looking forward to further our commitment to the state and local communities through the addition of our new distribution center," said Academy Sports CEO Rodney Faldyn.
Academy Sports currently operates nine stores in Tennessee.