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McLane Building Distribution Center in Findlay, Ohio

Wholesaler invests $119 million for new facility

FINDLAY, Ohio -- JobsOhio president and chief investment officer John Minor has announced that McLane Co. Inc., one of the nation's leading wholesale suppliers to grocery, convenience store retailers and restaurants, has committed to create 425 jobs and invest $119 million at a new distribution facility in Findlay, Ohio.

McLane Co. (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores)

Company officials said they expect to break ground on the new facility this summer.

"McLane Co.'s decision to invest in Findlay is great news for Northwest Ohio and the more than 425 highly skilled workers that will be on the job at this cutting-edge facility," said Minor. "With the Regional Growth Partnership and City of Findlay, we look forward to continuing to work with McLane for many years to come."

McLane's Grocery unit services more than 45,000 retail locations nationwide. The company expects this highly automated distribution center to greatly enhance its efficiency in servicing its valued customers throughout the Great Lakes region.

"We're thrilled that Findlay, Ohio, will be home to our 22nd grocery distribution center within our nationwide network," said Mike Youngblood, president of McLane Grocery.

"The values and work ethic of the community fit perfectly with McLane. The invaluable assistance of state and local officials was one of the primary reasons in selecting Ohio as our new home. Their focus on promoting a business-friendly environment was a critical part of our selection process."

"We are very pleased that McLane has chosen Findlay's new industrial park to build their state-of the art distribution center," said Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik. "Their decision to locate here underscores the strengths of our area which include logistical and workforce advantages."

"This new project is another example of how Northwest Ohio is one of the top locations in the world for transportation, logistics and distribution," said Gary Thompson, director of the JobsOhio Northwest Region. "More and more businesses are discovering that this region offers the most efficient and cost-effective means to transport products to customers."

JobsOhio is a private, nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts.

Based in Temple, Texas, McLane provides grocery and foodservice supply-chain solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants throughout the United States.

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