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Food distributor investing $51M in Quebec expansion

August 17, 2018
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The Boucherville Distribution Center in Quebec, near Montreal. Courtesy Gordon Food Service

A locally based food distributor is nearing the home stretch of a $51-million expansion in Canada.

Wyoming-based Gordon Food Service last month received an $8-million interest-free loan (Canadian dollars) from the government of Quebec for a $51-million (CAD) expansion underway at its Boucherville Distribution Center in Quebec, near Montreal.

GFS has had a presence in Quebec since 1996. The project is expected to create 35 to 40 jobs in Montérégie, the southwest part of the province where Boucherville is located.

The jobs will be primarily warehouse and transportation roles.

“Gordon Food Service has experienced strong growth in recent years. This expansion project was thus made necessary to meet the needs of customers,” said Nicole Menard, a member of parliament in Quebec and chief government whip. “The growth of the company also has contributed to the vigor of the Monteregian economy.”

Construction began on the project in 2017 and is expected to be completed this fall.

GFS said it will add 95,000 square feet to the distribution center — which is currently 200,000 square feet — with 46,000 square feet allocated to freezer space, 43,000 square feet to “ambient space” and the remaining 6,000 square feet dedicated to offices and support staff.

It also will add parking for employee vehicles and freight trailers; expand the employee break area and locker rooms; and create office spaces for transportation and warehouse teams.

Quebec’s Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Solidarity has granted GFS $146,160 (CAD) “to fund the implementation of a training plan for new employees of the company” following the expansion, the ministry said.

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