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Victorville Daily Press: Wal-Mart center celebrates a decade


Wal-Mart center celebrates a decade

   APPLE VALLEY • Wal-Mart associates and local officials were on hand Wednesday as the company’s distribution center in Apple Valley celebrated its 10th anniversary.

   “Wal-Mart has been a great neighbor and the jobs that it has provided have benefited those living in Apple Valley and the High Desert,” said Mayor Art Bishop before his scheduled presentation on behalf of the Town Council during the event.

   Located on Johnson Road in the North Apple Valley Industrial Area, the distribution center ships more than 184 million cases of retail goods to 122 stores throughout Southern California and Nevada.

   “It’s truly a pleasure to be a part of this community,” said Scott Kubicek, general manager of the center, in a news release. “We are proud members of the High Desert and the town of Apple Valley.”

   Kubicek said he’s blessed to work for a company that is eager to offer more than 1,000 local jobs.    The Wal-Mart Foundation said it would present $10,000 in grants to local organizations.

   Wal-Mart donated land adjacent to the center for the construction of Victor Valley College’s Regional Public Safety Training Center, which is designed to conduct programs in fire science/firefighting, administration of justice and emergencymedical services.

   The $31.6 million training facility was unveiled to the public in 2012 and was completed through voter-approved Measure JJ, a $297.5 million bond measure passed in 2008.

   “Wal-Mart donated the land to the Apple Valley Fire Protection District and we lease it to the college for $1 a year,” Bishop said. “The center has been a valuable asset in the training and education of those who serve and protect.”

   As part of a plan to expand use of renewable energy, the distribution center installed more than 5,300 groundmounted solar panels on 7 acres near the facility in 2010. According to the release, the panels supply enough power to meet roughly 20 percent of energy demands from the 1.3-million-square-foot distribution center. “The distribution center is a key player in drawing business to Apple Valley,” Bishop said. “When the economy improves, I think (the center) will have business neighbors.”

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