PLYMPTON, Mass. (May 4, 2011)—After months of searching and proposals, Sysco has completed the purchase of land in Massachusetts for a new 650,000-square-foot distribution center.
“It’s a done deal,” Sysco Boston LLC President Fred Casinelli said. “We’re going to move pretty fast.”
He said the company plans to break ground within 30 days on the building, which will be located on 133 acres. The center could be open by July 2012, he said.
The center will replace Sysco’s current location in Norton. The company expects to add about 75 employees to its work force.
Casinelli said an out-of-state contractor has already been hired, but he said local labor will be used to build the facility.
Sysco considered several locations in southeastern Massachusetts before choosing Plympton. Casinelli made his first move last year, proposing to build on the site of the abandoned state hospital in Lakeville. Town officials embraced the $110 million project, but voters shot it down at town meeting in October.
Officials from Middleboro, Taunton and other communities began pursuing the company, but Plympton emerged as the front-runner; the site had permits in place and the property abuts Route 44.