Gordon Food Service last week celebrated its growth and expansion into the Southeast U.S. with a grand opening for the Douglasville DC.
Representatives from the community of Douglasville, the state of Georgia, and Gordon Food Service gathered on July 8 to celebrate. They also reflected on the immensity of the construction project and spoke of the bright future that awaits the company and the community.
By any measure, the Douglasville DC is a large one: 445,000 square feet. Investing in such a large facility makes a statement, said Doug McBrayer, Southeast Division General Manager.
“The Gordon family and the employees of this company have had great vision,” he said. “Investing in a facility this size — giving us the opportunity in front of us and showing the trust the Gordon family has put in this team — is simply fantastic. We have great things in store. We look forward to growing the business, growing our employee base, and becoming a part of the great communities that we serve.”
Scott Nicholson, Gordon Food Service Vice President of Emerging Markets, said Douglasville is an ideal place to grow our business as well as being a great fit for our company.
“We would like to thank the Douglasville community and the state of Georgia,” Scott said. “The warm reception ever since the first announcement of this project has been outstanding. We’re looking forward to being a part of this vibrant and growing area and serving our current and future customers throughout the Southeast region.”
Particularly excited about the new Gordon-Douglasville partnership was Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons.
“I have people say to me, ‘We want to bring you jobs,’” said Harvey. “I tell them we’re not interested in jobs in our community. I tell them we don’t want just jobs; we want quality jobs from quality companies. We want to be a partner. We’re excited about that.”
See more Douglasville Grand Opening photos.
Also, check out this two-minute video of the event, put together by a Douglasville TV station.
Douglasville DC facts and figures:
Located 21 miles west of Atlanta
Shipping began in January of this year
Now holds 36,000 pallets in the warehouse
Currently shipping 32,000 cases a day
Employs 241 people, with expectation of 330 within three years and 700 when at full capacity