FORT WORTH, TX — On Wednesday, Ben E. Keith Company held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new foodservice distribution center in New Brockton, AL, located in Coffee County. The new facility will position the company to expand its 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 of Ben E. Keith Foods. "The added capacity will be a welcomed addition to enhance the customer experience through more item offering, technology and services."
The new facility will include features such as: Dematic Multi-Shuttles, state-of-the-art Frick Refrigeration System and security systems, LED Lighting, exclusive WMS Systems, a modern test kitchen and training center.
The project will create 80 new jobs over the next five years, in addition to the more than 230 individuals the company already employs through its distribution center and manufacturing facility in Elba, AL.
Ben E. Keith is the nation's eighth largest broad line foodservice distributor and operates with eight divisions shipping to 17 states throughout the country.