Ben E Keith Groundbreaking
June 6, 2011
Ben E. Keith Groundbreaking Brings Growth and Jobs to Missouri City
The turning of dirt at the groundbreaking for a half-million-square-foot Ben E. Keith Distribution Facility in Missouri City in March brings with it hundreds of new jobs, other economic development projects and a prestigious company that chose Missouri City for its 82-acre site with the future opportunity to expand to more than 1 million square feet. The groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site of the future distribution headquarters on Cravens Road near South Gessner Road.
â€śItâ€™s a huge day for the City. We waited four long years and it was well worth the wait because we did it right. I cannot express in words how important this is for Missouri City â€” to the tax base, to an employment base and to what it means to the community,â€ť said Mayor Allen Owen.
Ben E. Keith Foods is now the eighth largest broad-line distributor in the nation, with six distribution centers serving the South Central United States. The companyâ€™s warehouse and other buildings will serve southeast Texas and Louisiana and create about 300 jobs. It expects to start operations in fall of 2012 or winter of 2013.
Robbie Fish, general manager of the new distribution center, said, â€śWeâ€™ll be the largest employer with well-paying jobs for the residents of Missouri City.â€ť â€śThis facility will be the first food service distribution center in the country that will have a double deep automated storage and retrieval system.â€ť
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