WebstaurantStore, the largest online supplier of food service equipment, is opening a distribution facility in Western Maryland. The company has purchased a 525,000 square-foot space in Cumberland which will become its second distribution location on the East Coast.
“We are happy to be opening a distribution center in Cumberland. The State and County worked together to put together an attractive incentive for bringing jobs to Western Maryland,” said Dave Groff, President of WebstaurantStore. “Our company is excited to commence operations in Cumberland and looks forward to being part of the community for many years to come.” As part of the company’s expansion into Maryland, WebstaurantStore plans to create 150 new jobs in the next two years.
To assist with project costs, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development is providing a $300,000 conditional loan through the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority and Fund. In addition, Allegany County is offering a $30,000 conditional loan to the company on the same terms as the State.
“Our investments in education, innovation, and infrastructure get results: they create jobs, spur innovation, and provide the most competitive, highly-skilled workforce in the nation,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “More and more fast-growing companies like WebstaurantStore are setting up operations in Maryland to take advantage of our dynamic economic climate that fosters business to growth. We welcome WebstaurantStore and look forward to seeing their business expand and grow in our great State.”
“This will prove to be a great win for not only Allegany County, but the entire region. Projects like this show the importance of tax credit incentives programs such as the Enterprise Zone and One Maryland,” of Economic and Community Development Director Matthew Diaz said. “Without these programs and a true partnership with our friends at DBED, these projects would be extremely hard to make happen.”