One of the biggest names in protein, Smithfield Foods, has announced plans to build a new 420,00-square-foot state-of-the-art distribution center in Cecil County, Maryland. The facility, according to the Baltimore Sun, is expected to cost $74 million dollars and work to better support Smithfield’s daily operations and improve service to its customers in the Northeast.
“This new distribution center is an essential part of our efforts to streamline our national logistics network to optimize our operations, while advancing our ambitious sustainability goals,” said Kenneth M. Sullivan, President and CEO for Smithfield Foods, in a press release. “We are proud to become part of the business community in Maryland, a location that provides strategic advantages for our business and improves our ability to provide high-quality product to our customers and consumers.”
The new $74 million distribution center will be located along the Interstate 95 corridor, in the Principio Business Park, allowing the company to better service partners in the Northeast.
“It is a tremendous win for the state and for Cecil County that a global company like Smithfield Foods, which has worldwide brand recognition, has chosen to continue its growth in Maryland,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “This new facility and the 240 new jobs it brings underscores our administration’s promise to make Maryland more business friendly and create job opportunities for our citizens.”
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