The ribbon-cutting ceremony featured remarks by GSF Chairman and ceo Mark Wetterau and Joe Michel, general manager of the facility.
"In the spirit of McDonald's Corp. founder Ray Kroc and the GSF/McDonald's partnership, the vision for this new facility started on a handshake and a promise between Ed Ruby, chairman of the local McDonald's purchasing committee, and myself," said Wetterau. "We had dreamed about a center like this one for years and began planning and strategizing to make it a reality. It was exactly a year from the day that we broke ground last spring that we actually moved in this new facility. It has certainly taken a lot of hard work from a number of people leading a number of teams, but we are in and moving forward with a vengeance."
In 1970 GSF originally opened a distribution center, which would later evolve into the largest McDonald's distribution facility in the world, at another site in the City of Industry. GSF's new, larger distribution center is located on Baker Parkway in the City of Industry's Grand Crossing development, a 400-acre industrial center planned by Majestic Realty. The distribution center employs more than 300 people and serves approximately 900 restaurants. Operating 362 days a year, the center will ship 40 million cases of products each year for multiple customers and its drivers will travel 3.4 million miles to make more than 90,000 annual deliveries.