Gordon Food Services plans to add 100 jobs in Plant City
December 23, 2015
Staff reports | Tampa Tribune
Gordon Food Services, which first located here in 2010, has already outgrown its space and has begun construction on a cold storage expansion. The company also plans to add 100 employees.
A leading distributor of food products to food service operators including schools, restaurants, universities and health care facilities, the Wyoming, Mich.-based Gordon plans to add 90,000 square feet of cooler space and 70,000 square feet of freezer space. Construction is already under way and should be completed next year.
The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. assisted Gordon in taking advantage of the City of Plant City’s moratorium on transportation mobility fees. The moratorium went into effect in 2012 as a way for the city to pursue high impact economic development projects. It saved the company about $45,000 in expansion-related costs.
“Gordon Food Service has been a fantastic corporate partner in Plant City since its arrival,” said Randy Larson, chairman of the Plant City Economic Development Corp. “Their continued growth and confidence in this community is a testament to our efforts to make Plant City one of the easiest places to do business in Central Florida.”
“Plant City is quickly gaining a national reputation as a magnet for fast-growing manufacturing, distribution and logistics operations,” said Colleen Chappell, chair of the Tampa Hillsborough EDC and CEO of the ChappellRoberts advertising agency.
Gordon Food Service joins an increasing number of companies such as Dart Container, Toufayan Bakeries, fitlife cq foods cq, James Hardie Industries and others that have found eastern Hillsborough County an appealing place to do business, Chappell said. Its appeal comes from its proximity to major interstates, Port Tampa Bay and CSX rail lines, along with its high quality workforce, she said.
Gordon Food Service is already hiring for the new positions. To find available opportunities, visit www.gfs.com/en/careers.