Independent, family-owned food distributor JD Food officially opened its new 65,000-square-foot distribution center in southeast Fresno CA, part of a multi-phase expansion plan that will add more than 144 jobs, bringing its total workforce to 288 by 2025. Over the past six years, the company has tripled in size.

“Today marks an important step towards increasing our distribution footprint, permitting our third generation, family-run company to better address the unique service needs of regional accounts throughout California,” said Mark Ford, president of JD Food. “Our new state-of-the-art facility is ideally located for California distribution and offers our team the added space needed to nurture and grow our existing customer base.”

This new distribution center features technologies related to climate control, docking systems and energy-efficient power systems. Additionally, JD Food has acquired The Print District, which will operate out of the new facility to provide graphic design and printing needs exclusively for JD Food clients.

The official opening of the distribution center was marked by a ribbon-cutting and formal dedication in front of more than 100 attendees. They joined Ford; Jimmy Maxey, chairman of Certified Meat Products; Fresno Mayor Lee Brand; City of Fresno Economic Development Director Larry Westerlund; and City of Fresno Director of Strategic Initiatives H Spees, along with JD Food employees, family members, suppliers and non-profit leaders.

Dedication of JD Food’s facility was the culmination of more than two years of work established as a collaborative agreement with the City of Fresno.

JD Food distributes more than 5,000 products from more than 250 suppliers throughout California. It is a member of UNIPRO Foodservice Distributors of America.

For more information go to www.jdfood.com.