Work on $50 million Tractor Supply distribution center in Macon on schedule

Construction of Tractor Supply Co.’s $50 million distribution center in I-75 Business Park is well underway and should be complete in July 2013, officials said at Monday’s meeting of the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority.

Appling Brothers, a Macon construction company, has started grading and doing other site work, authority Executive Director Maceo Rogers told authority board members.

“They are, for the most part, on schedule,” Rogers said.

Tractor Supply has also started hiring for some of the 200 jobs expected at the distribution center. The company will recruit supervisory positions for the rest of this year, with those supervisors training at other Tractor Supply distribution centers before returning to the Macon center once it’s built, company spokesman Rob Hoskins said in an e-mail.

All positions and their requirements will be posted on the “careers” page of the company’s website at, All applications will be taken through the website, Hoskins said.

“That piece of the puzzle is going on, ramping up as they’re doing construction,” Rogers said of the hiring process.Authority members also were pleased with the number of local vendors hired for the construction.

Appling Brothers has sub-contracted with several local companies for parts of the project. Tractor Supply will send out requests-for-proposals for the “building shell” in about three weeks, as well as other requests for jobs later.

Authority Chairman Cliffard Whitby said the authority had stressed the importance of hiring local companies and vendors and “the company responded.”

“I’m pleased to see the local participation so far,” Whitby said. “This is a good start, anyway.”

Also Monday, Whitby said the authority is poised to help the city and county through the upcoming consolidation.

“It is a completely new dynamic in our community, and we will remain engaged to see how this board can get ahead of the curve,” he said. “Hopefully we’re going to move the community forward, and that’s what this board has always sought a better community.”

Authority attorney Kevin Brown noted that the authority itself is a consolidated city-county entity, having merged in 1962, and will mark its 50th anniversary in November.

To contact writer Rodney Manley, call 744-4623.