GameStop moves its distribution center from Louisville to Shepherdsville
The company has about tripled its size with the new location.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hundreds of new jobs are coming to Shepherdsville.
GameStop has a new state-of-the-art facility with more than 630,000 square feet. GameStop moved its distribution center from Louisville's Commerce Crossing to Shepherdsville. It's about triple the Louisville location's original size.
One machine shows packages that are stamped with postage and flipped into boxes to mail out.
"These are e-commerce customers who went on gamestop.com and ordered a game, and we can get it out obviously same day, which as you can see, probably is two people putting out hundreds if not thousands of orders an hour," said Bruce Kulp, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Refurbishment.
Kulp says the company outgrew its Louisville location.
"We got incentives from Bullitt County as well as Shepherdsville to create jobs as well as the state of Kentucky. It allows us to add higher technical jobs."
"This facility is very impressive," Shepherdsville Mayor Brian James said. "Just the way they're able to move video games around. They fix and manufacture, re-manufacture arcade controllers. It's truly a blessing to have in our area."
James, council members and other officials toured the new facility watching crews repair video game controllers. The company invested $20 million in equipment and facility upgrades.
One-hundred-forty employees work there now with plans of hiring another 170 more over the next year and up to 500 seasonal workers. Pay starts at $11 an hour and up to $14 an hour for a technician.
"We need to be within eight miles of our original facility in Louisville to retain our associates," Kulp said. "They are our most important resource within this facility, and that's exactly why, and we expect this facility to continue to fill up by mid 2017. We expect this facility to actually be full."
"It's a lot of distribution jobs that are coming to Shepherdsville," James said. "We would like some more manufacturing jobs because they pay better, but right now it's good to just have the jobs coming to our area."
The facility is used for the distribution of GameStop's video game products to 4,000 U.S. store locations along with online orders.
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