JP Foodservice plans move to Howard Co.

November 25, 1993

JP Foodservice, an independent food distributor, says it will shift its corporate headquarters from Anne Arundel County to Howard County early next year.

The company says it has leased 31,000 square feet in Patuxent Crossing, a business park near Route 32 in Columbia, for the new headquarters.

About 125 people are employed at the headquarters office, now located in Hanover. All of those employees will retain their jobs when the move occurs, the company said.

Lewis Hay III, senior vice president and chief financial officer for JP Foodservice, said the site's access to major highways and BWI airport played a role in the company's move, as did county government's pro-business attitude and the county's high standard of living.

The company, founded in 1989, supplies food to independent and chain restaurants, hotels, schools, health care facilities, and other food suppliers. Distribution is handled through 10 centers in the Northeast and Midwest.

The company says it had sales in excess of $1 billion in 1993.

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