FRESNO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Independent, family-owned food distributor, JD Food officially opened its new 65,000 sq. ft. distribution center in Southeast Fresno, part of a multi-phase expansion plan that will add more than 144 jobs, bringing its total workforce to 288 by 2025. Over the past six years, the company has tripled in size, a growth pattern that is poised to continue as the company focuses its attention on growing its client base and signature locally-owned, farm to table food sourcing.
“Today marks an important step towards increasing our distribution footprint, permitting our third generation, family-run company to better address the unique service needs of regional accounts throughout California,” stated Mark Ford, President of JD Food. “Our new state-of-the-art facility is ideally located for California distribution and offers our team the added space needed to nurture and grow our existing customer base.”
The new distribution center features state-of-the-art technologies related to climate control, docking systems and energy-efficient power systems. Additionally, JD Food has acquired The Print District, who will operate out of the new facility to provide graphic design and printing needs exclusively for JD Food clients.
The official opening of the distribution center was marked by a ribbon cutting and formal dedication in front of over 100 attendees who joined Mark Ford, President of JD Food and Jimmy Maxey, Chairman of Certified Meat Products, including the City of Fresno Mayor, Lee Brand; City of Fresno Economic Development Director, Larry Westerlund; and City of Fresno Director of Strategic Initiatives, H. Spees, along with JD Food employees, family members, suppliers and nonprofit leaders.
The dedication of JD Food’s state-of-the-art facility was the culmination of more than two years of work established as a collaborative agreement with the City of Fresno that includes a development investment of $10.5 million and supports job creation of over 144 employees over the next 10 years. JD Food is a longtime supporter of the Fresno Food Expo, an economic development and food celebration movement born out of a collaboration with the City of Fresno to increase economic growth and elevate the profile of the Valley’s food industry as a whole.
JD Food is a third generation, family-owned and operated food distributor based in the agricultural heart of California. Led by the Maxey and Ford families, the company distributes more than 5,000 products from more than 250 suppliers comprised of national and locally-owned brands throughout California. JD Food is a member of UNIPRO Foodservice Distributors of America, the largest food service cooperative in the world. The company is widely known as the fresh, local and honest food choice. For more information go to www.jdfood.com.