Gordon Food Service plans expansion

Gordon Food Service has announced plans to build three new distribution centers. The company will break ground on a 100,000-square-foot distribution center in Wyoming MI in summer 2013. This facility is expected to be operational in spring 2014.
A 260,000-sq-ft facility will be built near Atlanta GA in the Riverside West Business Park in Douglasville GA. Construction will begin this summer and the facility is expected to be operational in summer 2014. The Atlanta-area distribution center will employ approximately 200 within three years.
The third facility to be built is a 420,000-sq-ft facility in the greater Pittsburgh PA area. Construction for this facility will begin in autumn 2013 and is expected to be operational in spring 2015. The Pittsburgh-area facility will employ about 300 workers within three to five years.
Besides adding these three new facilities to its US distribution network, the company also announced plans to consolidate warehouse operations from two existing facilities.
The 114,000-sq-ft Ocala FL facility will be consolidated into the company’s Plant City FL distribution center. Gordon Food Service purchased the one million-sq-ft Plant City facility in January 2010. After analysis, the company determined that consolidating these two facilities is the best way to serve its customers in the region as efficiently and effectively as possible. Gordon Food Service employees impacted by this change will be offered positions at the Plant City facility. The transition from Ocala to Plant City is expected to be complete by late autumn 2013.
Upon completion of the new Atlanta-area facility, the company will consolidate warehouse operations of its 110,000-sq-ft Greenville SC facility into the new center. The Greenville facility is operating at maximum capacity, and the company has determined it is necessary to expand its distribution network in this region. Due to the proximity of customers in that region, the Atlanta area was determined to be the best location to meet the needs of the company’s customer base in the Southeast. Gordon Food Service employees impacted by this change will be offered opportunities at the new facility. This transition is expected to be complete by autumn 2014.

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