AmerisourceBergen's Michael Kilpatric, vice president ofinvestor relations, confirms talks are underway with Hillwood, buthe isn't saying it's a done deal or when it might be. Last year,the leading pharmaceuticals giant, which leases sites in Carrolltonand Grand Prairie, rolled out a multi-million-dollar plan to reviseits distribution network to realize a long-term savings of $50million annually just from the real estate consolidation.

Tye DeBerry, director of Denton County's Economic DevelopmentCorp., tells that the plan was to break ground inJanuary. "But," she said, "that could have changed." Inside sourcessay a closing date for the site acquisition has not beenscheduled.

About a month ago, the county and Roanoke OK'd incentives basedon 170 jobs initially and 250 by the fifth year. The incentivescalled for a 75% rebate on the inventory tax for 20 years if $100million was recorded in the first year. The second year had togenerate $110 million and the remainder of the time, $125 millionannually in order to collect the perk. There were no abatements forreal estate or personal property for the center, which will servicefive states. "They're just papering the deal from what weunderstand," says DeBerry.

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