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United Natural Foods Begins Construction On Food Distribution Facility Near Racine, Wisconsin

Area Development Online News Desk (05/09/2013)
United Natural Foods began construction on the company’s new 425,000 square foot distribution and warehouse facility in the Village of Sturtevant, Wisconsin, which is expected to bring 220 new, full-time positions to the region.

Situated near Racine, the new facility will serve as a distribution hub for retailers in the Midwest, the Racine County Economic Development Corporation said. Strategically, the Wisconsin facility extends the company’s focus on enhancing efficiencies, improving productivity through “best in class” warehousing and inventory control systems, lowering operating costs in its distribution network and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“UNFI is pleased to partner with the State of Wisconsin and the Village of Sturtevant to expand our operations here in the Midwest,” said Sean Griffin, UNFI’s Group President. “We feel Sturtevant is the optimal location for us to better service our customers and increase our operational efficiencies while reducing our costs and emissions. We look forward to growing together with this great community.”

Reed Hall, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation secretary and chief executive officer, said, “This groundbreaking is the culmination of an impressive effort to attract UNFI to the Village of Sturtevant. It reflects on the strong collaboration between local, county, regional and state economic development partners to support business expansion in Wisconsin.”

The Village of Sturtevant and Racine County proved successful in recruiting UNFI by meeting all the company’s project requirements: a fully serviced site in the interstate corridor, a ready and available workforce, and a competitive incentive package. In conjunction with UNFI’s goal of making natural and healthy products available to everyone, the business strives to have the lowest possible impact on the environment. As part of its commitment to Green Initiatives, the Company plans to pursue LEED certification for this distribution facility once operations commence.

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