AJAX, Ont. – Gordon Food Service, a privately held and family-managed foodservice distribution company with operations in the U.S. and Canada, hosted a groundbreaking event for a new distribution centre in the Town of Ajax, Ontario.
The new 330,000 sq.ft. state-of-the-art warehouse will support the distribution of foodservice products across Ontario. It will contain numerous automated features, including product selection, sorting and truck-loading. Gordon Food Service anticipates the facility being operational late fall 2019.
Site preparations are well underway and foundation excavation activities are expected to commence soon with the grading of the ground.
The event took place at the construction site located at 200 Salem Road North. It was attended by local officials, representatives of the construction and architectural firms working on the project, Gordon Food Service employees and local media.
Dean Noble, president, Gordon Food Service Canada, spoke to the history of Gordon Food Service in Canada.
“We’re very excited about growing in the greater Toronto area and our overall business in Ontario,” he said.
“We began doing business in this area in the early 1990’s, and while our business has now expanded coast-to-coast in Canada, Ontario will always be a big part of our company history. We also know there are very talented people here, who we hope will join us in our efforts when the new distribution centre opens next year.”
“Durham Region is the right choice for a bright future. Our smart, resilient, and inclusive community is humming with innovation and fresh perspectives,” said Durham Region chair Gerri Lynn O’Connor.
“With strong local talent, a competitive business climate, interconnected infrastructure, and an unmatched quality of life, Durham is an outstanding home for businesses and families. We are pleased that Gordon Food Service has chosen our community as the site of their new distribution centre.”
“This new distribution centre is a symbol of something bigger for us,” said Lisa MacNeil, president of Gordon Food Service’s Ontario division.
“It’s a critical support to our business, which is about providing timely and accurate product delivery service to customers in the food service industry. While it is exciting to build a new facility, our long-term vision is centered on people, and we look forward to building enduring relationships with the community of Ajax and the surrounding areas.”