MUSCLE SHOALS – When the announcement came yesterday afternoon that Walgreen’s had decided to expand its call center here, all of the hard work of our elected officials and business leaders was paid off in full.
To enhance The Shoals’ competitive position for this expansion, new state legislation was passed the 2012 legislative session, allowing The Shoals to move forward in the negotiations with Walgreens.
“Our location in Muscle Shoals, the quality the area’s workforce, and strong relationships with local authorities have made this community a great place for Walgreens to do business. The recent passage of legislation sponsored by Senator Tammy Irons and Representative Lynn Greer and Marcel Black, along with support from the Shoals Economic Development Authority, local governments, the State of Alabama, and the Alabama Board of Pharmacy were extremely important in our decision to expand in Alabama. We look forward to being an even larger part of The Shoals community and extend our appreciation for the outstanding support we have received from local and state officials, including Governor Robert Bentley, Mayor David Bradford and the Muscle Shoals City Council, the Shoals legislative delegation, and the Shoals Economic Development Authority. Their support greatly improved our ability to create jobs and expand our Muscle Shoals Facility.” said Troy Mills, Divisional Vice President, Customer Care Operations, Walgreen Co.
Alabama Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield expressed his appreciation to Walgreens for the new jobs that will be created in the Shoals area and for the confidence the company already has expressed in the business climate of Alabama. “Walgreens has discovered first-hand the many benefits of a good location, a quality workforce, a great way of life, and a dedicated economic development team, all in place to help them grow and create jobs in Alabama” Canfield said. “The Department of commerce will continue to work with this company in the future to help them continue their success here.”
“Walgreen’s Customer Care Center has been a great corporate partner and member of the The Shoals business community since 2004. They have believed in The Shoals and its workforce productivity and cost of operations here. This expansion project has been a true team effort by our local elected officials, all our state legislators on both sides of the aisle, SEDA and its staff, and the SIDC.
Photos by D.H. Reasons