Distribution center opens near I-85 in Fairburn; truck traffic to increase
The Electrolux Corp. on May 13 opened a 600,000 square-foot distribution center near I-85 on Ga. Highway 92 in Fairburn. That’s just under 14 acres under roof. The opening follows the opening of another distribution center in Fairburn by the Clorox Corp. earlier this year and one by the Smucker’s company two years ago, both off Oakley Industrial Boulevard near Ga. Highway 74.
The manufacturer of home appliances and food service and laundry equipment systems for more than 80 years, the new Electrolux location in Fairburn was chosen after an extensive search in an 11-state area, said Fairburn economic development associate Pat Pallend.
Pallend said the center will initially employ 30-40 people and put approximately 100 trucks per day on the road, meaning increased pressure on the already busy Hwy. 74 and Ga. Highway 138.
The Electrolux Southeastern distribution center had been located in Chattanooga. The move to Fairburn was cemented due to the site’s proximity to I-85 and Hartsfield Airport, making it easier to get products to customers, said Pallend.
Recession or not, Fairburn has made significant headway in the past two years in filling industrial space. Clorox earlier this year took possession of a 1.2 million square-foot distribution center on the far west side of the Oakley Industrial/Creekwood Road area while Smucker’s opened an 850,000 square-foot distribution center at Oakley and Bohannon Road approximately two years ago.