Colgate-Palmolive plans to employ about 35 people at a new distribution center in Greenville, according to a local real estate broker who represented the company in the lease deal.
The distribution center along White Horse Road is scheduled to be fully operational in April, according to Hunter Garrett, a broker with NAI Earle Furman.
He represented Colgate-Palmolive in leasing the building along with Michael Merino, an NAI-affiliated broker in Portland, Oregon.
The distribution center will store product made at Colgate-Palmolive’s new handsoap and deodorant plant 45 miles away in the Greenwood County community of Hodges.
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The distribution center is going in a 306,000-square-foot building that a developer constructed on a speculative basis along White Horse Road where a Dan River Mills textile plant used to be.
The developer, a joint venture between Exeter Property Group of Philadelphia and Burnham Partners of Chicago, plans a second industrial building on a speculative basis at the same site, according to Trey Pennington, a senior vice president in the Greenville office of CBRE who represents the developer.
Colgate-Palmolive announced the Greenwood County plant in 2013, saying it would make handsoap sold under the Softsoap brand and deodorant sold under the Mennen Speed Stick brand.
The New York-based company is relocating the work from Morristown, New Jersey, where it decided to close a plant, putting 350 people out of work, according to a report in NJ.com.
A spokesperson for Colgate-Palmolive didn’t respond to an inquiry about the warehouse on Monday.