US Foodservice to shift 300 Baltimore workers to Severn Company is expanding Anne Arundel plant

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July 02, 1998|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF

US Foodservice Inc., a national food distributor, will transfer more than 300 employees from a Baltimore distribution facility it acquired in December to an expanded facility in Severn in a consolidation announced yesterday.

The Columbia-based company began work yesterday on a 145,000-square-foot warehouse and office space addition to its Telegraph Road facility, bringing total space there to 350,000 square feet.

All 340 employees at the company's building on Wilmarco Avenue in Southwest Baltimore will eventually be transferred to Severn, joining about 350 employees there, according to Bonna Walker, vice president of marketing and public relations for US Foodservice.

The fate of the Wilmarco Avenue facility has not been decided, Walker said.

The expansion in Severn, where the approximately 8-year-old building is newer than the Baltimore building and where land is available, made sense, according to Walker.

"It enables us to better serve our customers in the mid-Atlantic area out of one facility," she said.

The work will be completed in two phases, with the warehouse section scheduled to be open by the end of the year and the office space by early spring.

US Foodservice, formerly JP Foodservice Inc., merged with Rykoff-Sexton Inc. in December, becoming the country's second-largest food distributor to restaurants and other institutions. The Continental Food Service distribution center in Baltimore was part of that merger.

"We are pleased that US Foodservice has chosen to significantly increase their presence in Anne Arundel County and base more than 300 new jobs at the Severn facility," Anne Arundel County Executive John G. Gary said in a statement.

The company has 38 distribution centers nationwide that supply food and other products to 130,000 restaurants, hotels, health care facilities, cafeterias and schools.

At yesterday's groundbreaking, company officials announced a donation of $1,200 worth of nonperishable food to Sarah's House, a Fort Meade homeless shelter.

US Foodservice stock closed yesterday at $35.625, up 56.25 cents, on the New York Stock Exchange.

Pub Date: 7/02/98

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