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Ready to hire: Mankato's Walmart Distribution Center will seek 400 workers

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The Mankato WalMart Distribution Center, slated to open this summer, is ready to start building its workforce.

KEYC reports that more 400 employees will be needed to staff the new 420,000 square foot distribution center is looking to hire over 400 employees. The center will operate around the clock, handling perishable foods for its stores throughout the Midwest, including Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The Mankato Free Press reports the jobs come with a minimum starting wage of $16.75. Benefits for eligible full- and part-time associates include health-care coverage, matching 401(k) contributions, an Associate Stock Purchase Program and company-paid life insurance.

Mark Carlson, General Manager of the new Walmart Distribution Center tells KTOE News that the first openings were posted this week on the Walmart website and more will be posted each week.

"If a person is interested in joining the Walmart team, they should select the positions they seem interested in, so they have more opportunity to get hired," Carlson told the station.

The Free Press story indicated that some Mankato area employers have cited difficulty in attracting qualified workers, but noted that Carlson suspects that Walmart's pay and benefits package will attract plenty of applicants.

"There are a lot of excited folks in the community," Carlson said. "They're excited we came to town, and we're excited to be here. It's good to see things finally get in motion."

The center will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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