Equipment from area construction companies pointed to the reason Gov. Tom Corbett was standing Friday in an open field in Bethel Township.
PetSmart Inc. was about to begin work on a new 870,000-square-foot distribution center in the Berks Park 78 industrial center.
The $50 million project is expected to be completed by early 2014 and eventually create 500 permanent jobs in the region by 2016.
The site off Interstate 78 and Route 501 is ideal because it’s within one long day’s ride of 60 percent of the eastern United States, Corbett said.