Sysco Canada, a Texas-based company that sells, markets and distributes food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers, will build a 400,000-square foot, state-of-the-art, food distribution facility in Woodstock, Ontario.
Sysco will pay approximately $2.7 million for 57-acres of vacant industrially-zoned property in the city's Commerce Way Business Park at Highway 401 and 403. The firm will build a facility with; approximately 89,000-square-feet of freezer space, 49,000-square-feet of cooler space, 41,000-square-feet of cold dock space, a 101,000-square-foot dry warehouse, 31,000-square-foot dry dock, 17,000-square-foot material handling area and 67,000-square-feet of office space.
Mayor Pat Sobeski said, "We are extremely pleased to be able to confirm that Sysco has selected Woodstock for this important investment. Sysco is a Fortune 75 company, and their decision to invest in Woodstock says plenty about the benefits our community can offer a new or expanding business."
While information on its proposed investment or incentives offered the firm was not immediately available, the mayor said,"This investment is an excellent example of Woodstock's ongoing efforts to diversify the local economy."
"Sysco Canada is pleased to be locating our newest facility in this region," said Rodney Stroud, market president of Sysco Canada-East and president of Sysco Central Ontario. "This reinforces our commitment to be our Ontario customers' most valued and trusted business partner. We are excited about the location, the surface-roads infrastructure, and the ability to serve our current customers and grow our business from a state-of-the-art distribution center."
Development Commissioner Len Magyar welcomed Sysco to Woodstock's business community noting, "This announcement is great news for our community on so many fronts. This investment represents a significant land sale, a huge construction project and the creation of good paying jobs. As a bonus the investment comes from a company with a great reputation and a long-term commitment to doing business in southern Ontario."