Tractor Supply Company announced the opening of its tenth and largest distribution center in Maumelle, Arkansas. The 1.1 million square-foot facility represents an investment of more than $175 million in the region and will create 500 full-time jobs for local residents. The Maumelle facility will serve approximately 250 stores in the Southeast, Midwest and Texas, while also fulfilling digital orders in the region.

Tractor Supply opened its first Arkansas store in Pulaski County in 1960, and now has 39 stores throughout the state. Tractor Supply also owns and operates eight Petsense by Tractor Supply locations in Arkansas. Now, Lawton joined Gov.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Maumelle Mayor Caleb Norris, as well as Team Members and other state and local representatives, for a grand opening celebration. The Maumelle distribution center is registered with the certification goal of LEED Gold®. The building?s roof features a solar array system consisting of more than 10,000 solar panels that will produce five million kilowatts of electricity per year, enough to support operations during daylight hours.

The solar panels will reduce the building?s carbon footprint by approximately 4,100 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. The facility is Tractor Supply?s first to utilize autonomous mobile robots at scale for small item fulfillment and will serve as a testing facility for other robotics designed to help reduce costs and increase productivity. The building began receiving product in April and will begin shipping to stores and customers in June.