To handle future growth, an Oakwood foods distributor is preparing for the first phase of a 521,135-square-foot warehouse project across from its existing plant.
Performance Foodservice officially broke ground Thursday morning on the new site, which will sit on 43 acres off Old Oakwood Road, near Mundy Mill Road.
The new building will feature a freezer, meat-cutting operation, maintenance areas and space for fleet operations. The project is scheduled for completion in 2016 to be followed by the conversion of the existing freezer into a three-zone cooler section.
Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site, joined by Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce and other area government officials, after a brief ceremony inside the current building.
“I’m excited about this project,” Performance Foodservice President Danny Berry said. “It’s been one of my goals for many years to do this.”
The parent company is Richmond, Va.-based Performance Food Group.
The company’s “investment in Oakwood is a renewed long-term commitment to the community,” said Tim Evans, vice president of economic development for the chamber.
“This expansion is welcome news, and we’re excited that the company can continue to serve its customers with a fantastic team of associates in Hall County.”
Oakwood, meanwhile, is seeking to improve Old Oakwood Road in step with the new construction.
The City Council voted recently to try to get funding from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Appalachian Regional Commission for the construction.
The project calls for adding a center turn lane to two-lane Old Oakwood, City Manager Stan Brown has said.
While the first phase involves a stretch in front of the planned warehouse and distribution center, “we are looking at similar improvements farther up Old Oakwood,” Brown said.