The No. 42 Target Chevrolet of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates made an appearance on Tuesday, August 11 at the Grand Opening of Target’s newest Distribution Center located in Newton, N.C. With only two races remaining before the Sprint Cup Series “Chase for the Cup” cutoff, the No. 42 Target Team led by driver Juan Pablo Montoya and Crew Chief Brian Pattie sits ninth (inside the coveted Top-12) in the NSCS standings. They are now 64 points in front of 13th position and just 20 points out of seventh. Just 89 points separates 7th through 14th position in the standings.
With the year that Juan Pablo and the No. 42 Target Team have had, the team members at the Newton Distribution Center certainly had reason to smile while checking out the No. 42 Target Chevy. Camille King, Human Resources Business Partner at the Newton facility had this to say about the visit…” Our grand opening event earlier this month was a great success and we really appreciated having the Target NASCAR car present. It was a big hit with our employees!”
The Newton facility is one of (and the newest) 26 regional distribution centers located in 20 states. Its size is… well, tremendous at nearly 1.6 million square feet it is approximately nine times the size of the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing facility located in Concord, N.C. The distribution center employs approximately 500 Target Team Members that receive and distribute shipments from suppliers throughout the world. They will then ship product directly to about 60-80 Target Stores, however the specific stores change often as Target works to continually realign their transportation network to better support their 1,700-plus stores more efficiently. While the distribution center held its Grand Opening on August 11th, it actually started receiving product on June 11.
In addition to providing hundreds of jobs in the local community, Target will continue their tradition of community giving in Newton. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income to support and enrich the communities they serve. Today, this equals over $3 million every week to support education, the arts, social services and volunteerism.