Gov. DeWine visits new Kroger Distribution Center for ribbon cutting

Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 9:09 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Gov. Mike DeWine visited the new Kroger Distribution Center in Monroe for a ribbon-cutting Friday morning.

This is Kroger’s first automated distribution center in the U.S.

The 375,000 square-foot customer fulfillment center will use artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, and automation to fill home delivery grocery orders.

Kroger said the shop floor features about a thousand robots to pick, sort and move items.

The robots will then maneuver through the grid to gather the products, pack them up and load them into a temperature-controlled Kroger delivery van, which can store up to 20 orders.

Gov. DeWine thanked Kroger for being a great partner during COVID-19, working to get the vaccine distributed quickly and efficiently.

“This is a happy day for me and a happy day for the state of Ohio,” said Gov. DeWine.

The automation technology is provided by UK-based Ocado Solutions.

SVP of Supply Chain for Kroger Gabriel Arreaga said at the press conference Friday, “We’re part of the community, and we’re here to support the community.”

He says they are still hiring; he hopes that many people who come to Kroger for their first job can end up making it a career. The hub is set to bring about 400 jobs to the Cincinnati area.

General manager of the facility Matt Davis says the food that doesn’t get sent out in grocery orders will be donated to food banks across the Tri State.

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