Ribbon cutting for Gordon Foods; more than 200 jobs for Kannapolis

Published: Jan. 12, 2016 at 12:13 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 11, 2016 at 12:13 PM EST
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KANNAPOLIS, NC (WBTV) - The new distribution center for Gordon Foods was formally dedicated on Tuesday in Kannapolis.

The 300,000-square-foot distribution center is in Kannapolis near the Afton Ridge Shopping Center.

Attending the event were North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant, Gordon Food Service CEO Jim Gordon, Gordon Food Service Carolinas Division General Manager Mike Sprenger, and Gordon Food Service President of U.S. Distribution Scott Nicholson.

State and local officials joined Gordon Food Service employees for a close-up look at the Kannapolis facility, which will begin shipping in April. The Kannapolis distribution center currently employs more than 75 people and projects to employ over 270 people within 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," Governor 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."

Kannapolis Mayor Hinnant echoed the governor's comments, expressing confidence that Gordon Food Service will make a positive contribution to the business climate and the community. "We welcome Gordon Food Service to our business family," Hinnant said. "We are pleased that they chose Kannapolis as their North Carolina distribution site and look forward to developing relationships with their employees and their families. Kannapolis has a proud heritage of strong family companies, and with Gordon Food Service's reputation for being a wonderful community partner and an employee-friendly workplace, we expect to have a great partnership together. Our collaboration to offer state and local incentives to bring them here will bring over 270 job opportunities for our city. We congratulate the company on their expansion into North Carolina and look forward to great opportunities for their future success."

Kannapolis is a great fit for Gordon Food Service, Gordon said.

Gordon Food Service will be investing approximately $58 million over the next five years in Kannapolis.

Gordon Food Service is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is North America's largest privately-held, family-managed broadline food service distributor.

The company also operates more than 170 GFS Marketplace retail stores in the U.S. This will be the company's first presence in North Carolina.

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 17 distribution centers in the U.S., including the new Kannapolis 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; Aberdeen, Maryland; Shepherdsville, Kentucky; Douglasville, Georgia; Houston and Coppell, Texas; and Miami and Plant City, Florida. There are eight distribution centers in Canada.

Over the next 20 years the company will contribute an estimated $3,000,000 in property taxes to the city

The company is ranked by Forbes as the 34th largest private company and is the 4th largest food distribution company in the U.S.

Salaries will vary by job function and experience, but the average annual payroll for the new jobs is expected to be $12.3 million when all the new jobs are added.

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