Golden State Foods Opens New Distribution Center

City of Industry Facility Continues to be Largest McDonald's Distribution

Facility in the World

Jul 21, 2006, 01:00 ET from Golden State Foods

    CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Golden State Foods
 (GSF) company executives, along with other Southern California business and
 community leaders, this week celebrated the grand opening of a new 270,000
 square foot GSF distribution center -- the first one built in the
 McDonald's restaurant supply chain system in 10 years.
     The ribbon-cutting ceremony featured comments from GSF chairman and CEO
 Mark Wetterau and Joe Michel, general manager of the distribution center.
     "In the spirit of McDonald's Corporation founder Ray Kroc and the
 GSF/McDonald's partnership, the vision for this new facility started on a
 handshake and a promise between Ed Ruby [chairman of the local McDonald's
 purchasing committee] and myself," said Wetterau. "We had dreamed about a
 center like this one for years and began planning and strategizing to make
 it a reality. It was exactly a year from the day that we broke ground last
 spring that we actually moved in this new facility. It has certainly taken
 a lot of hard work from a number of people leading a number of teams, but
 we are in and moving forward with a vengeance."
     In 1970 GSF originally opened a distribution center -- which would
 later evolve into the largest McDonald's distribution facility in the world
 -- at another site in the City of Industry. GSF's new, larger distribution
 center is located on Baker Parkway in the City of Industry's Grand Crossing
 development, a 400-acre industrial center planned by Majestic Realty. The
 distribution center houses more than 300 employees and serves approximately
 900 restaurants. Operating 362 days a year, the center will ship 40 million
 cases of products each year for multiple customers and its drivers will
 travel 3.4 million miles to make more than 90,000 annual deliveries.
     GSF ( is one of the world's largest
 diversified suppliers to the Quick Service Restaurant industry.
 Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., the $2.4 billion company is value-based
 with proven performance in superior quality, innovation and customer
 service. With approximately 2,400 employees worldwide, its core businesses
 include processing and distribution of liquid products, meat, produce,
 bakery and other services. The company also runs a national non-profit
 organization, the GSF Foundation for kids.
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