Contributing to new growth for the division was the January opening of a new distribution facility in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. The division has grown by 120 new jobs at its new location, an employment increase of 46 percent. Another 20 jobs are expected to be added by the end of the year, according to a company press release.
The 615,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility features eco-friendly and high-efficiency lighting and refrigeration systems and a first-class culinary innovation center.
The company says the new center has enabled it to strategically realign the tri-state service area to improve responsiveness to its customer base while significantly reducing its carbon footprint. It also is expected to enable USF to aggressively pursue new growth opportunities in what is the largest broadline market in the U.S.
"U.S. Foodservice decided at the start of this recession that the best strategy for our customers and associates would be to invest in the long-term success of our Perth Amboy operations. With this strategy we are able to continue to invest in and grow our workforce, and also provide our customers with quality products and valuable services that are important to winning in a challenging economy," said Chuck Gannon, president of the Metro New York division.