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Food distributor expands south

January 21, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Gordon Food Service to celebrate one year in new headquarters
Gordon Food Service's headquarters is a $40-million, 386,000-square-foot facility on Gezon Parkway SW in Wyoming. Courtesy Dan Vos Construction

A local food distributor traveled south to open its newest distribution center.

Wyoming-based Gordon Food Service opened a 300,000-square-foot distribution center in Kannapolis, North Carolina, near Charlotte, earlier this month.

The company’s distribution centers supply restaurants, schools, health care facilities and other food service operations.

“We’re looking forward to being a part of the community,” Gordon Food Service CEO Jim Gordon said. “It’s a vibrant area with a strong workforce and talent pool. This facility will broaden our ability to serve our customers in the Carolinas, so they can meet the needs of their customers.”

The distribution center will begin shipping product in April. The facility employs more than 75 people and will see more than 270 workers within the next five years.

“This grand opening by Gordon Food Service is another example of how our improvements to North Carolina’s business climate and workforce development are helping our state recruit and retain jobs,” North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said. “Companies like Gordon Food Service recognize the potential for growth that exists in North Carolina, and we are proud to welcome them to our state.”

Gordon Food Service has 25 distribution centers in North America, including 17 in the U.S.

Grand Rapids and Brighton each have two facilities.

The other distribution centers are found across the country: Kenosha, Wisconsin; Springfield, Ohio; Imperial and Pottsville, Pennsylvania; Taunton, Massachusetts; Aberdeen, Maryland; Shepherdsville, Kentucky; Douglas, Georgia; Houston and Coppell, Texas; and Miami and Plant City, Florida.

The remaining eight facilities are in Canada.

Gordon Food Service also has more than 170 “one-stop shopping” stores in the U.S.: in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Florida.

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