Gordon Food Service today celebrated the grand opening of its 445,000-square-foot distribution center in Douglasville, Georgia, 21 miles west of Atlanta. Attending the event were Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development Tom Croteau, Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons, Gordon Food Service Southeast Division General Manager Doug McBrayer, and Gordon Food Service Executive Vice President of Emerging Markets Scott Nicholson. In addition, several state and local officials and Gordon Food Service employees were present. The distribution center began shipping in the spring and now employs 241 people. The company projects to employ 330 people within three years.
“Georgia’s central location to the Southeast market, coupled with a strong logistics framework, make it the ideal spot for Gordon Food Service to better provide for its customers in this fast-growing market,” Croteau said. “The skilled workers in this community and overall thriving business climate will continue to support Gordon Food Service’s growth in the South.”
Mayor Persons said he is pleased to welcome a new neighbor to the business community.
“We are truly excited about this grand opening that is the culmination of a collaborative effort between the state, local community leaders and businesses,” Persons said. “All of these entities working together have helped bring us to this day. We are blessed to have a company such as Gordon Food Service select our community as they continue to grow and strive to achieve their goals of providing heart-felt service and uncompromising value to their customers. We are proud they chose Douglasville to expand their business, and we wish them much success.”
Nicholson said “Douglasville is a great fit for the company.”
“We would like to thank the Douglasville community and the state of Georgia—the warm reception ever since the first announcement of this project has been outstanding,” Nicholson said. “We’re looking forward to being a part of this vibrant and growing area and to serve our current and future customers throughout the Southeast region.”
Gordon Food Service continues to expand its distribution network to serve a growing customer base. The company has 24 distribution centers in North America. There are 16 distribution centers in the U.S., including the new Douglasville facility. The other U.S. facilities are located in Grand Rapids (2) and Brighton (2), Michigan; Kenosha, Wisconsin; Springfield, Ohio; Imperial and Pottsville, Pennsylvania; Taunton, Massachusetts (doing business as Perkins); Aberdeen, Maryland; Shepherdsville, Kentucky; Houston, Texas (doing business as Glazier Foods), and Coppell, Texas; and Miami and Plant City, Florida. Another distribution center is under construction in Kannapolis, North Carolina. There are eight distribution centers in Canada.
About Gordon Food Service
Since 1897, we have delivered uncompromising quality and heartfelt service for our customers. We began as a simple butter-and-egg delivery service, and has grown to become the largest family business in the foodservice industry by upholding the same approach for over 115 years—remaining passionately committed to the people we serve. Today, we serve foodservice operators in the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest regions of the United States and coast-to-coast in Canada. We also operate more than 170 Gordon Food Service Store™ locations in the U.S., which are open to the public and provide restaurant-quality products and friendly, knowledgeable service without a membership fee. By partnering with organizations from across industries—healthcare to education, independent and chain restaurants, and event planners—we help our customers create food experiences that people choose, enjoy, and remember.