Mattel brings jobs to new distribution center near Lickdale – Lebanon Daily News

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A global toy manufacturer is the latest to open a distribution center near Lickdale.

Mattel, the manufacturer of such iconic toys as Barbie and Hot Wheels, recently cut the ribbon on its 1 million-square-foot facility located in the Gateway Logistic Park. The distribution center, which is fully operational, will employ up to 400 people during the peak holiday season and distribute 90 million toys a year, company officials said.

Mattel entered a long-term lease agreement with MRP Industrial and Clarion Partners joint-venture for the development of the new distribution center in September 2016.

That deal came after the property received Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance status from Union Township, Northern Lebanon School District and Lebanon County that will reduce the company’s property taxes by about $2.5 million over the next decade.

The facility is the company’s third distribution center and the first on the east coast. The others are located in Dallas and Los Angeles. 

It’s location at the junction of Interstate 81 and Interstate 78 provides easy highway access to New York and other major eastern and Midwestern cities, said Philippe Lambotte, Mattel’s senior vice president for global logistics and planning, global development and product supply. 

“This facility is centrally located to our customers in the region, allowing us to serve them more rapidly and efficiently,” he said. “In addition, we are proud to create more job opportunities for our neighbors in the community and help the local workforce.”

Those jobs will come from Ryder System, a global leader in commercial transportation and supply chain logistis that will operate the distribution center for Mattel.

“We are very proud of our longstanding relationship with Mattel and excited about the opportunity to help them expand their footprint in North America,” said Steve Sensing, Ryder System’s president of global supply chain solutions. ”This new integrated warehouse and transportation management operation is a win-win for everyone—from the local community in Lebanon County that will benefit from more jobs, to Mattel customers across the region, who will receive their products faster than ever before.”

With the proliferation of warehouses along the Interstate 78 and Interstate 81 corridors, finding employees can be a challenge. Distribution centers in Lebanon and Berks county that are already operating include PetSmart, Dollar General, MSC Industrial Supplies and Sherwin Williams.

Others are under construction, like Ace Hardware, which will open in the spring. And still others are being built on speculation that they will be occupied by tenants soon, including one just to the west of Mattel’s warehouse and another a few miles east on Interstate 78 in Bethel, Berks County.

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By offering competitive wages of between $14 and $17 an hour and a comprehensive benefits package, Ryder System is confident it will be able to fill its many open positions, most of which are for general warehouse labor and forklift operators, said Tom Kretschmer, the company’s vice-president and general manager of retail and consumer brands.

“Due to recent changes in the warehousing industry, competition has been fierce,” Kretschmer said in an emailed reply. “We believe we have done significant market research to identify the correct wages that will help attract top talent. Our employee relations and recognition programs will demonstrate our ability to be known as the employer of choice in the area and retain those employees.”

Although the preference is for candidates who have one year of general warehouse experience, candidates with a good employment track record will be considered, Kretschmer said. 

For more information contact Ryder’s human relations department at the Mattel distribution center at 717-820-2488.

 

 

 

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