A new Costco distribution center is going to be opening in Owatonna! The company is estimating it will add about 200 full-time and part-time jobs to the Owatonna area. KARE 11 reports that the distribution center will open a year from now.

This new distribution center will be a regional distribution center so it will make deliveries to all Costco stores in the region.

This is great news for Owatonna, adding all of those jobs will be great! But why did Costco pick Owatonna?

Brad Meier with the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce told KARE 11, "'First of all, we have a big industrial base here – over 40 industrial manufacturing companies here in our community. And so, we have great talent in that area.'"

He also mentioned the location of Owatonna. Owatonna is right on I-35, which allows for easy access north and south, and Highway 14, which allows for easy access east and west.

 

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