Facility will serve the company's e-commerce business, WEBstaurantStore Inc.
Clark Associates, a Lancaster, Pa.-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealership, announced plans to open a distribution center in Madisonville, Ky., later this summer. This new facility, which will initially employ 50 people, will serve the dealer's e-commerce arm known as WEBstaurantStore.com.
This will be the second distribution center for WEBstaurantStore.com and it will serve customers in the Midwest and Southern United States. Established in 2004, WEBstaurantStore.com distributes nearly 40,000 items throughout the United States and Canada.
The new distribution center will be located in the 148,000-sq.-ft. facility formerly owned by Autoliv Corporation. WEBstaurantStore Inc. will begin the process of renovation and move in immediately. "After renovations are completed to the building, we expect to bring on our first wave of employees in mid to late summer," said Dave Groff, vice president of distribution for Clark Associates.
In 2010, Clark Associates reported revenues of $103.3 million, making it the ninth largest foodservice equipment and supplies dealer in the United States, according to FE&S' 2011 Distribution Giants Study.
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved Clark Associates for tax incentives up to $1 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows the company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets, according to a press release.
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