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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Multi-Million Dollar Expansion

The Hinds County Economic Development and the City of Jackson held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Merchants Foodservice Jackson Distribution Center’s newly multi million dollar cooler and freezer expansion.  This 4.5 million dollar expansion adds approximately 40,000 square feet of cooler and freezer space in their building located in the Hawkins Industrial Field in Jackson, MS.  The new expanded area will allow Merchants to add 25,000 pallets, or 1,000 tractor trailer loads of product.

Jackson’s Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. and Board of Supervisors President George Smith were present to thank Merchants and presented Certificates of Appreciation to Merchants for being good corporate citizens.  Andy Mercier, President of Merchants Foodservice, thanked the employees for maintaining excellent service levels while working in a construction environment. Merchant’s expansion was much sooner than originally forecasted due to excellent sales growth. The expansion was essential in order to satisfy our customer’s needs.

Merchant’s was ranked #1 in sales growth in the nation by Institutional Distribution Magazine by its sales in 2010.  In 2011, the magazine continues to rank Merchants Foodservice among the nation’s top ten largest sales increases in terms of both sales percentage and dollar sales.

In addition to their Jackson center, Merchants Foodservice has distribution and warehouse centers in Clanton, Al, Newberry, SC and Tifton, GA, that services a territory spanning ten southeastern states.  Merchants’ corporate office is located in Hattiesburg, MS and currently employs 700 employees company wide.

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Rom Left to right:  Blake Wallace, Executive Director, Hinds County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA); Howard Catchings, HCEDA board of Trustees; Leroy Walker, Vice President, HCEDA Board of Trustees; Charles Stokes, Hinds County Tax Assessor; Earl Washington, HCEDA Board of Trustees; Andy Mercier, President & CEO, Merchants Foodservice; Harvey Johnson, Jr. , Mayor, City of Jackson; Peggy Hobson-Calhoun, Hinds County Board of Supervisors; George Smith, President, Hinds County Board of Supervisors; Hal Hiatt, General Manager, Merchants Foodservice Jackson; Johnny Barlow, Vice President of Marketing, Merchants Foodservice.

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From Left to right:  Harvey Johnson, Jr.  Mayor, City of Jackson; George Smith, President, Hinds County Board of Supervisors; Andy Mercier, President & CEO, Merchants Foodservice

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