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Economy is booming in Plympton

By Alice Elwell
EnterpriseNews.com
Posted Jul 16, 2011 @ 06:00 AM


PLYMPTON — Plymouth County’s smallest town is booming.

Earlier this year, Sysco Boston LLC paid $5.7 million for 130 acres of industrial property at the Spring Street interchange on Route 44, according to records at the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds. The land was formerly owned by SN Commercial LLC, a California-based investment firm and was permitted as an industrial park.


Sysco’s Spring Street site has been cleared, and footings are being poured. Sysco has already paid Plympton more than $250,000 in permit fees, said Assistant Building Inspector Robert Jacobson.


The food-service giant will ultimately pay about $1 million in permit fees, said Chuck Fraser, Sysco’s executive vice president. He said Sysco will spend nearly $110 million to move its distribution center from Norton. Fraser said about 830 employees will be transferred, and more will be hired when Sysco moves into the new building next summer.


“It’s one of the largest industrial construction projects in southeastern Massachusetts,” said Lynn Tokarczyk, consultant with Business Development Strategies Inc. of Medway.


Plympton’s property-tax valuation is $450 million. Sysco will add more than $100 million to that.


Earlier this spring, Plympton was awarded a $1 million state grant to widen the Spring Street exit to five lanes to accommodate Sysco’s tractor trailers. Jacobson, the local building inspector, said the road work has been completed and traffic signals will be added at a later date.


Sysco hit a roadblock last year when it tried to move its distribution center to the abandoned state hospital in Lakeville. Town officials embraced the project but voters shot it down in at town meeting. Fraser said permitting in Plympton has gone “smoothly.’’


“Plympton has been great to work with,” Fraser said.


Plympton’s boom continues with a Tractor Supply Co. that is being built at the town line
on Route 58.


“Ninety-five percent is in Plympton; 5 percent is in Carver,” said Jacobson. The 19,097-square-foot store will be built on four acres of undeveloped land next to the old Shaw’s Plaza.


It will be ninth Massachusetts store for the Tennessee-based company, which operates more than 1,000 stores in 44 states. Tractor Supply sells merchandise for horses, livestock and pets, agricultural products, tools and hardware.


Officials at Tractor Supply hope to open the Plympton store by the end of the year and expect to create 12 to 17 jobs.


Material from GateHouse News Service was used in this story.