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Gordon Food Service Chooses Kannapolis For Distribution Center

Oct 27, 2014 02:29PM ● By Jason Huddle
Kannapolis – Gordon Food Service has announced plans to locate a distribution center in Kannapolis, NC. The 300,000 square foot facility will be located in the Afton Ridge Business Park on Glen Afton Boulevard, off Kannapolis Parkway.

“We are pleased to welcome Gordon Food Service as the newest member of the Kannapolis Business Community. With their location in the Afton Ridge Business Park they will be able to successfully expand their operations into North Carolina. For over 100 years the family company has built a solid reputation of excellence, and that makes them a perfect addition to our City,” said Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant. 

“We are excited to add the Kannapolis location to our distribution network,” said Jim Gordon, CEO of Gordon Food Service. “The addition of this facility increases our capacity to serve national concepts, Group Purchasing Organizations and independent foodservice customers in the Southeast region of the United States.” 

“With their commitment to a $58 million facility, as well as 275 good paying jobs, they will be one of our top corporate partners as we work to provide employment opportunities for our citizens. We are excited about the future of Gordon Food Service and the City of Kannapolis as we help the firm continue their growth in the United States,” the Mayor also said. 

Gordon Food Service has existed for over 115 years and has a reputation of being committed to their customers, employees and the environment. The company is ranked by Forbes as the 34th largest private company and is the 4th largest food distribution company in the U.S.

Over the next 20 years the company will contribute an estimated $3,000,000 in property taxes to the city. They distribute food products to restaurants and other food service operations across the U.S. and Canada.

“We are thrilled Gordon Food Service has chosen Kannapolis and Cabarrus County as their location. Not only is this an ideal location for their operations but the culture here is perfect for Gordon Food Service. This is a momentous day for Kannapolis and marks one of the largest companies locating in the City in the last decade. It has been a pleasure to work with all our partners to bring this firm to Kannapolis and Cabarrus County,” commented Patrick Coughlin, President/CEO of Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce and Cabarrus Economic Development.

The City plans to approve an incentive grant for the company tonight at their regularly scheduled meeting. The incentive grant will equal $3,819,300 over the next 20 years. The City has also received a Golden LEAF Foundation grant for $453,300 that will help pay for the construction of a road connection from the end of Glen Afton Boulevard to Goodman Road, to provide additional access to the Gordon Food Service location. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has committed to provide additional road improvements necessary for the project.

“A number of partners working together aided us as we negotiated to bring Gordon Food Service to Kannapolis. We would like to thank the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce & Cabarrus Economic Development, North Carolina Community College System, Childress Klein Properties, Senator Fletcher Hartsell, Representative Linda Johnson, Golden LEAF Foundation, Duke Energy, Charlotte Regional Partnership, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and the North Carolina Department of Commerce,” continued Mayor Hinnant.

The firm expects the Kannapolis facility to be open by the end of 2015.

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