SWEETWATER, Tenn. — Red Stag Fulfillment and Mollenhour Gross have announced the construction of a 420-acre site in Sweetwater that will host a campus of distribution centers, bringing 3,500 jobs to Monroe County.
The new site will expand Red Stag's capacity to store, package, and ship products.
Red Stag Fulfillment is a Knoxville-based eCommerce order fulfillment company.
According to a release, the site will be located near State Route 322 at I-75 Exit 62 and will have minimal impact on the traffic area.
"We felt that we had a good opportunity to have a business friendly environment there and that they would be welcoming to the development plan and the number of jobs that we would be looking to bring to the area," Jake Rheude, VP of Marketing for Red Stag said.
The site will bring an estimated 3,500 jobs and millions of dollars of additional tax revenue to Monroe County, officials said.
The extra money will help fund education, according to Sweetwater Mayor Doyle Lowe explained.
"It's going to help the schools, it's going to help our city, it's going to help our county schools, our city of Sweetwater schools. It's a big boost," Lowe said.
Right now, the mega site is just an empty landscape. While there's still a long way to go before business is up and running, it's a springboard for growth at Red Stag and in Sweetwater.
"We're gonna benefit from it years from now, and it's just started," Lowe explained.
Red Stag is expected to break ground on the campus in late April to early May. The first building will be complete around 10 months from there. It will take a few years for everything to be finished.
The announcement also adds that Red Stag is evaluating other sites in the East Tennessee region.
“If the people of Sweetwater are supportive of this project, our goal as the developer will be to waste no time, break ground this spring, and deliver Building A to Red Stag as soon as possible,” said Mollenhour Gross Co-Founder Jordan Mollenhour.
Officials also mentioned that Red Stag will soon complete an ongoing expansion in the Knoxville campus.
The Sweetwater site is being designed to become the largest of Red Stag's campuses with up to 4.5 million square feet of space.
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Red Stag Fulfillment is currently hiring for open jobs, to apply, click here.