A local food distributor and retailer is planning to build a new 500,000-square-foot distribution center out of state.
Wyoming-based Gordon Food Service is seeking approval to construct the distribution center in Westfield, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis, according to the company this week.
The facility would be the first Gordon distribution center in Indiana and serve customers in greater Indianapolis.
Gordon expects to hire about 200 workers for the facility.
Pending necessary approvals, construction is scheduled to begin next spring, with the facility expected to go online in late 2021.
The project’s cost was not disclosed.
“We saw an opportunity to place a new distribution center in a strong, established market, giving us the ability to deliver more efficiently to our customers,” said Rich Wolowski, president and CEO, Gordon Food Service.
The company plans for the Westfield facility to include three temperature zones for product storage (freezer, cooler and ambient), as well as a concept kitchen and administrative office space.
The new facility would be a semi-automated operation, using mini-loaders, mini-shuttles and conveyors designed to assist staff in moving products quickly and safely through the warehouse.
“The Westfield facility will be outfitted with the latest technology and warehouse automation innovation,” said Dean Noble, COO, Gordon Food Service. “The robotics and interior layout will greatly reduce manual labor and help ensure the accuracy of orders shipped to our customers.”
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said it is "an extremely exciting day for Indiana as we celebrate another fantastic company growing in our state and creating hundreds of quality career opportunities for Hoosiers.”
Westfield Mayor Andy Cook said he is “thrilled” to welcome Gordon to the city, which has a population of just under 40,000 people.
“We have worked hard to create a caring community that can attract and sustain this kind of investment,” Cook said. “From experience, I am well aware that Gordon Food Service is an employee- and community-minded company. They will fit in perfectly.”
Training programs will be offered to support skills development for the local workforce.
Gordon operates 24 distribution centers: 16 in multiple states, including two in Grand Rapids and two in Brighton; as well as eight in Canada, including one in Quebec, which recently completed a $51-million expansion.
Gordon Food Service
Founded in 1897, Gordon Food Service is a fifth-generation, family-owned company with customers throughout the U.S. and Canada in the health care, education, restaurant and catering industries.
It also operates more than 175 Gordon Food Service Stores in the U.S.