Tuesday, October 28 2014
Kannapolis, NC -- Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation announced today that Gordon Food Service plans to locate a distribution center in Kannapolis, NC.
Gordon Food Service will construct a 300,000 plus square foot distribution facility in the Afton Ridge Business Park on Glen Afton Boulevard. They expect to be open and operational by the end of 2015.
The company, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, plans to invest $58 million at the Kannapolis location and create 275 new jobs. Gordon Food Service is ranked by Forbes as the 34th largest private company and is the 4th largest food distribution company in the U.S. They distribute food products to restaurants and other food service operations across the U.S. and Canada.
“The City of Kannapolis and Cabarrus County welcome Gordon Food Service to our community,” Patrick Coughlin, president and CEO of the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation said. “Today’s announcement is the next step in our partnership which began 7 months ago.”
“The excitement that is being generated with the announcement of Gordon Food Service and the 275 jobs that are coming to our community is motivating for us all. This company has been incredible to work with”, Margie Bukowski, Senior Vice President of the Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation said. “They are a top notch firm that is bringing superior benefits and wages that are well above our county average of $34,000.00”.
“This was truly a team effort,” Coughlin said. “The EDC brought many partners to the table who worked together to bring Gordon Food Services to Cabarrus County.” Coughlin thanked the EDC team as well as the City of Kannapolis, North Carolina Community College System, Childress Klein Properties, Senator Fletcher Hartsell, Representative Linda Johnson, Representative Larry Pittman, Golden LEAF Foundation, Duke Energy, Charlotte Regional Partnership, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
The Kannapolis City Council plans to approve an incentive grant for the company tonight at their October 27th council meeting. The City has also received a Golden LEAF Foundation grant to help pay for the construction of a road connection that will provide additional access to the Gordon Food Service site and for the entire business park.
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