Area Development
G&C Food Distributors and Brokers Inc., a Food Service re-distributor of refrigerated, frozen and dry food, completed Phase One of a major expansion, which included the purchase of the 276,000 square-foot facility it was leasing in Syracuse, New York.

Phase One of its expansion plan included the purchase and installation of bulk packaging equipment that is able to convert bulk produce into product for commercial sale. The new line resulted in the hiring of 52 new employees who are working in manufacturing, safety compliance and administrative positions.

For Phase Two, G&C plans to break ground on a 75,000 square-foot addition to the plant in August, with a projected completion date of March of 2018. The addition will facilitate the installation of refrigerated dock and dry space.

G&C Food Distributors and Brokers Inc. President Rich Chapman said, "G&C Foods is excited about what our expansion can bring to the CNY community. Not only will it provide continued success and stability for our current employees, but the creation of jobs will only reinforce our presence to this community and attract talent to the area. G&C takes considerable pride in our Syracuse-based roots."

According to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office, the frozen food distributor is expected to complete Phase Two of the $18 million expansion by summer 2020, bringing the total number of new, full-time jobs created to 85.

As an incentive, inorder to encourage G&C Food Distributors and Brokers to move forward with its $18 million expansion in Syracuse, Empire State Development has offered up to $1 million in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits, which are tied to job creation commitments.

"The expansion of the G&C Food Distributors in Syracuse is a clear example of the economic renaissance that is taking place across the region, as well as this administration’s commitment to helping businesses grow and thrive in New York," Governor Cuomo said. "This investment is just another reason why Central New York continues to rise."

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "This project is what CNY Rising is all about, it’s moving forward on-time, generating dozens of new jobs, retaining hundreds of existing employees, and strengthening the local economy in the process. The Governor’s unwavering commitment to Upstate is helping companies like G&C in Central New York take their business to the next level and fueling economic opportunities statewide."