WYOMING, MI (November 8, 2012 - MLive.com)—For a company that is very private, Gordon Food Service made quite a statement with its sprawling new headquarters.
The message that comes through is “we care about our customers, employees and the environment.”
“They’ve built a world class headquarters,” said Barb VanDuren, Wyoming deputy city manager. “It puts a beautiful light on Wyoming. We are so glad they decided to build it here and they will continue to grow in our community.”
Other than some quiet open houses for employees and their families, Gordon Food Service has been low-key about moving into the facility at 1300 Gezon Parkway SW, which was completed in early October.
“They are very humble about what they’ve done, and you go into the building and it’s breathtaking,” VanDuren said.
The company spent more than $40 million to construct the 386,000-square-foot facility on a 50-acre campus, according to Wyoming records. Nearly all the investment stayed local, from the contractors to the Steelcase furniture and Haworth floors to art purchased for the facility.
Gordon Food Service ranks as one of the city’s biggest employers and taxpayers. Over the last 115 years, the business has grown into the largest family-operated food distributor in North America with an expanding retail chain of 155 GFS Marketplace stores from Florida to Wisconsin. With estimated sales of over $8 billion, the company was recognized in 2011 by Forbes magazines as one of the country's best family businesses.
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