ROUND ROCK (March 12, 2010)—Mark Palmer, vice president of corporate communications for Sysco Corporation, confirmed March 12 the company plans to construct a new, 600,000 sq. ft. facility off IH 35 in Schertz, Texas. Sysco is currently in the process of purchasing land, and once construction is complete—in about two years—the company will merge its Round Rock and San Antonio locations into the new facility.
“Until that time, [the Round Rock and San Antonio locations] will continue to work out of the facilities they’re in now,” Palmer said.
Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Houston, Sysco distributes food and other products and services to any location where food is prepared, including hospitals, restaurants, hotels, nursing homes, sports parks, summer camps and schools.
One of 186 distribution facilities across the country, Sysco’s Round Rock location employs about 343 people.
Palmer said that the Round Rock and San Antonio locations are both close to outgrowing their facilities and that combining the two locations will allow Sysco to expand its service area in Central and South Texas as well as offer about 6,000 more products.
“I know that because of the growth the company has experienced there’s a need to have new facilities. Over the past couple of years Sysco has been looking for a solution to expansion plans, so obviously this was corporate decision in regards to their strategic plan and their business plan,” said Charley Ayres, vice president for business retention and expansion for the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce. “They have been one of the best corporate citizens Round Rock has ever had, and for them to be out of this area is going to be a tremendous loss not only to our business community, but to what they have added through their volunteer work and membership in community organizations.”