Local politicians and community development groups joined Leviton's chief executives last month for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to herald the planned February 2009 opening of the company's new distribution center in Lebanon, Tenn. The 450,000 square-foot, fully automated facility will serve as one of the company's two state-of-the-art domestic warehousing and distribution hubs.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony offered local officials an opportunity to learn about Leviton and tour the inner workings of the facility. Members of the Lebanon City Council, Wilson County Commission, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Tennessee Valley Authority and Nashville and Lebanon Chambers of Commerce joined with Lebanon Mayor Don Fox and congressional representatives to take part in the event. Leviton says the facility will ship half of Leviton's U.S. order volume and will create approximately 150 new jobs.

“In selecting a site for our new distribution center, we assessed many areas of the country that fit our geographic needs, offered a strong workforce and provided attractive incentives,” says Donald Hendler, president and CEO of Leviton. “At the end of the day, Wilson County distinguished itself as the right match for our needs.”

The new distribution center will feature Leviton commercial-grade occupancy sensors, light switches, outlets and commercial networking devices. The center's loading docks will be outfitted with dock seals to maintain HVAC levels and reduce energy consumption.

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