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McLane Company to Create 550 Jobs in South Fort Worth with Opening of New Grocery Distribution Center

Posted on: 11/12/2018   |   Category: Press Releases

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 30, 2018) – McLane Company, Inc., a leading supply chain services company providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions, will bolster south Fort Worth with an $18 million McLane North Texas expansion that will create at least 550 jobs by 2020 in a 625,000-square-foot facility at 7550 Oak Grove Rd., Carter Industrial Park. Opening is scheduled for March with plans to be fully utilized by December 2019.

“The expansion of McLane Company is very exciting news as it brings vital economic impact, especially for an underserved area of Fort Worth,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “We welcome this impressive Texas company and celebrate their expansion along with the new opportunities they bring for the local workforce.”

“McLane is excited about the available, industrious workforce that will enable us to expand our business. After exploring locations in Arkansas and Oklahoma, we kept coming back to Fort Worth which is strategically located and allows us to best serve our valued and ever-growing customer base. We want to thank Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and City of Fort Worth for their efforts and support,” said Tony Frankenberger, president of grocery at McLane.

Craig Rosenthal, a 30-year supply chain veteran, will lead the opening and continued operation of the site, a McLane spokesperson said. He is currently the division president of McLane Southern in Brookhaven, Mississippi.

With average annual wages of $55,000, job openings will be filled in accordance with City of Fort Worth guidelines. Hires will include at least 30 percent of Fort Worth residents and 10 percent of central city residents. At least 15 percent of annual service and supply spending will be with minority and women-owned businesses.

McLane, a Berkshire Hathaway company – one of five in Fort Worth – is one of the largest supply chain service providers in the United States, offering grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drugstores and chain restaurants. Last year, McLane delivered 1.325 billion pounds of fresh produce to retailers at over 110,000 locations across the country.

McLane North Texas' territory, which also has a foodservice distribution site at 7301 Trinity Blvd. in east Fort Worth will primarily serve the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex as well as parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. The new grocery distribution center is expected to employ approximately 400 distribution center workers and 150 drivers.

The company values deep community involvement, extending support to many initiatives including Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and United Way. McLane is the first distributor to partner with Partnership for a Healthier America in its work to help improve the health of America’s youth by ending the childhood obesity crisis within a generation.

McLane’s expansion here will drive increased development in the rapidly growing food processing/manufacturing/distribution sector that is served well by Fort Worth’s central U.S. location, water supply and easy access to a substantial rail network, extensive freeway system and connecting points within and outside the city.

The Dallas-Fort Worth region is home to major interstates I-20, I-30, I-45 and I-35, linking the U.S. to Mexico and Canada.

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ABOUT McLANE COMPANY

McLane Company, Inc. is one of the largest supply chain services leaders, providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants throughout the United States. McLane, through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, operates over 80 distribution centers across the U.S. and one of the nation's largest private fleets. The company buys, sells and delivers more than 50,000 different consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the U.S. In addition, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its wholly owned subsidiary, Empire Distributors, Inc. McLane is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK) and employs more than 20,000 teammates.

THE FORT WORTH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, with 2,000 member businesses, is one of the largest chambers in North Texas. Through its core functions of business attraction and retention, talent development, small business and entrepreneur support, and government advocacy, the Chamber’s mission is to bring the Fort Worth region together to identify issues, solve problems and help align resources resulting in a stronger business climate and greater economic prosperity for all.

Contacts

McLane Company, Inc.
Tom Sicola, VP of Marketing
254-742-3637
Tom.Sicola@mclaneco.com

The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
Andra Bennett, VP Communications
817-338-3333

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