325 new jobs in two years
H-E-B will soon begin hiring for its new produce warehouse and ripening room. And, a frozen foods warehouse is expected to open in 2024.
TUESDAY JANUARY 11, 2022
H-E-B’s Temple distribution center will create 325 new jobs over the next two years as expansion projects are completed. The company’s produce warehouse and ripening room will go live April 28 and construction will begin on a new frozen foods warehouse this year. Company officials say the expansions will poise H-E-B for future growth in north, west and central Texas.
By DAVID STONE, Our Town Temple
The first phase of a two-part expansion of H-E-B’s Temple distribution center will go live April 28, and construction will begin on a frozen foods warehouse this year, a company spokesman said Monday.
“We’re still building out the produce warehouse, but everything is on schedule and on track,” said Carson Landsgard, H-E-B’s executive vice president of supply and logistics.
The project will add 250,000 square feet and 175 new jobs to the facility in April, providing the regional grocery giant with additional space to expand warehouse capacity and operations.
“We’re about to start hiring more people as we get closer to the completion date,” he said. “The goal is to have new partners trained and ready to go before April 28.”
Landsgard said the produce warehouse will employ about 100 new people, and another 75 will be needed in transportation.
Currently, H-E-B operates an 800,000-square-foot regional support center located at 750 Wendland Road that employs 420 people. The warehouse campus stores dry and canned products as well as refrigerated items such as dairy and meats.
The Temple produce warehouse will include a ripening room that uses temperature control and air flow to induce the ripening process.
“Sometimes bananas and avocados stall in the ripening process,” Landsgard said. “The ripening room gets the produce to the desired appearances our customers want. It’s a natural process.”
In April, the Temple facility will join San Antonio and Houston as the only H-E-B distribution centers that store produce.
“Our existing produce warehouses are at capacity,” Landsgard said. “The Temple warehouse will help support our future growth.”
The Temple distribution center serves 108 stores in north, west and central Texas, and the expansions will allow H-E-B to continue growth in these regions.
Landsgard said H-E-B will continue to invest in its Temple campus.
“We’re about to start construction on a frozen foods warehouse that will be completed in 2024,” Landsgard said. “That project will create another 150 positions and, since the plant will be partially automated, some of those will be high-tech jobs.”
Amanda Carlson, director of marketing and communications for Temple Economic Development Corporation, said she is pleased to watch as H-E-B continues to thrive and grow in Central Texas.
“Temple’s strategic location, close to I-35 and within three hours of 80 percent of Texas’ population, means plenty of growth opportunities for businesses in the years to come,” she said.
City to host COVID-19 testing, vaccination site
Temple Fire & Rescue and the Texas Army National Guard will host a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site starting today at Wilson Park’s south parking lot.
The Texas Army National Guard will provide COVID-19 rapid tests as well as Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. Temple residents 12 and older can receive either shot in the series or the booster for either brand.
The testing and vaccination site will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday until Jan. 29.
Anyone interested in getting a COVID-19 test is encouraged to bring an ID. No registration is required.
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POSTCARD FROM THE PAST
C.H. Wedemeyer, A former lecturer at Baylor College in Independence, Texas, founded a school for boys in the 1890s on Avenue J between South 45th and South 47th. Wedemeyer first established a school in Belton in 1888 shortly after arriving in Bell County and later moved it to Temple where he built his academy. The building served as apartments during World War II and was torn down in the 1960s.
We all know its a boost to the Temple and Belton area economies when we spend our spend our hard-earned money with friends, family and neighbors. Money spent locally, stays local.
It’s simple, but we don’t always know where to find what we are looking for, so we often click our way to Amazon or other retail giants.
To help you find the products and services you want from local sources, Our Town Temple is creating a Locally Owned Business Guide that features stores, services, restaurants and bakeries, venues, bars, boutiques and more.
The guide will be dispersed electronically and in print to every business that participates, plus it will be placed in high traffic locations to ensure maximum distribution.
Any locally owned, non-chain business located between Eddy, Salado, Rogers, Moody and Morgan’s Point is welcome to participate. Brick-and-mortar businesses, home businesses and online businesses are all welcome.
Please send a brief description of your business, a high resolution logo and a high resolution photograph to OurTownTemple@gmail.com. Please put “business guide” in the email subject field. Be sure to include contact information such as email, phone, web address or social media address if desired.
There is a $10 fee to have your business included in the guide to cover printing costs. Payment via check, debit or credit card, or Venmo will be arranged once your information is received.
Our Town Temple plans to publish this guide annually. For additional information, call David Stone at (254) 231-1574 or email OurTownTemple@gmail.com.
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