Ben E. Keith Company Breaks Ground on New Distribution Center
FORT WORTH, TX - As companies continue to push for further growth, there is one concern that always looms large—distribution. Whether retail or foodservice, a company’s footprint is only as large as its distribution network. Widely-known foodservice distributor, Ben E. Keith, recently took steps to this crucial aspect of growth, holding a ground-breaking ceremony for its new facility in New Brockton, Alabama, located in Coffee County. The new facility is set to expand the company’s distribution coverage in the Southeast by adding up to 1 million square feet in the future. Construction of the 425,000-square-foot distribution center will begin immediately, with an estimated completion date of December 2021.
"Ben E. Keith Foods is deeply committed to the communities of Alabama, and consider this our Gateway to the Southeast as we continue to expand our market area," said Mike Sweet, President, commented in a press release. "The added capacity will be a welcomed addition to enhance the customer experience through more item offerings, technology, and services."
The new distribution facility will include features such as: a state-of-the-art Frick Refrigeration System and security systems, Dematic Multi-Shuttles, LED Lighting, exclusive WMS Systems, a training center, and a modern test kitchen. The project is expected to generate 80 new jobs over the next five years, along with 230 individuals the company already employs through its existing distribution center and manufacturing facility in Elba, Alabama.
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