Mahoning commissioners support proposed Lordstown distribution center

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County commissioners put their support behind a proposed distribution center in the village of Lordstown at their meeting this morning.

HomeGoods, a division of The TJX Companies Inc., which owns TJ Maxx and Marshalls department stores, wants to build a distribution center in the village they say would employ about 1,000 people in positions ranging from management to janitorial.

“I think this is a project that everyone has to get behind,” said Commissioner Anthony Traficanti. “It’s phenomenal, and it’s regional.”

Sarah Lown, public finance manager for the Western Reserve Port Authority, told commissioners HomeGoods will either locate their facility in Lordstown or in central or eastern Pennsylvania.

“This is ours to lose,” Lown said.

The decision will come down to whether Lordstown’s planning commission decides to rezone the proposed site from residential to industrial at a March 26 meeting.

The mayor and village council, however, could override that decision, Lown said.

Carole Rimedio-Righetti proposed sending a letter to officials to declare the commissioners’ support of the project, which Lown said may help.

All three commissioners expressed support for the facility which they expect to employ people from Mahoning County.

The facility also plans to use local trucking companies to ship products, Lown said.

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