Gordon Food Service is seeking approval to construct a new distribution center in Westfield, Indiana. The proposed site for the new 500,000 square foot facility is located in the NorthPoint Business Park at the northwest corner of Grassy Branch Road and 196th Avenue.
“Our roots are in the midwest, where our business has steadily increased for decades, and we continue to grow by offering customers great service and an even wider range of products,” says Rich Wolowski, Gordon Food Service President and CEO. “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.”
Once receiving necessary approvals, construction will begin in spring 2020 with a projected start-up in late 2021. The new facility will be semi-automated, using mini-loaders, mini-shuttles and conveyors designed to assist staff in moving products quickly and safely through the warehouse. In addition, it will include three temperature zones for product storage and feature a concept kitchen and administrative office space.
“The Westfield facility will be outfitted with the latest technology and warehouse automation innovation,” says Dean Noble, Gordon Food Service Chief Operating Officer. “The robotics and interior layout will greatly reduce manual labor and help ensure the accuracy of orders shipped to our customers.”
The facility will be the company's 17th distribution center in the U.S. and its first in Indiana. When it opens, it will serve customers in the greater Indianapolis region.
Prior to opening, more than 200 people will be hired and trained. The jobs available will include the operation and maintenance of advanced warehouse equipment and robotics, in addition to transportation, sales, and administrative positions.