One of the nation’s largest food service distributors is looking to expand its operations in Osceola County.
McLane Suneast filed a Site Development Plan this month to grow its distribution warehouse at 1818 S. Poinciana Blvd. by nearly 40 percent. The company also applied for a building permit for the 216,272-square-foot expansion.
Kimley-Horn’s Brooks Stickler is listed as the project engineer. He estimated the construction cost for the site improvements on the mostly vacant parcel at $2 million.
McLane currently operates a 567,451-square-foot facility on the logistics corridor about a half-mile south of the Poinciana SunRail station. McLane also operates a 141,000-square-foot flex warehouse right across the street. In 2018, the company purchased a 10-acre parcel immediately south of its main facility to expand the truck parking infrastructure. The parking expansion was part of a consent order to resolve a long-standing code violation for illegal on-street truck parking by the company’s fleet.
Company officials were not immediately available to comment on the project.
McLane Foodservice is a $16 billion division of Temple, Texas-based McLane Co. Inc., which provides grocery and foodservice supply-chain solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drugstores and chain restaurants. It buys, sells and delivers more than 50,000 products to nearly 110,000 locations in the United States.
In March the company partnered with PepsiCo and the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger on a U.S. Department of Agriculture initiative to distribute nearly a million meals to needy students in a rural school districts that were closed due to COVID-19.
Food distribution and cold storage were among the fastest-growing segments of the industrial sector before COVID-19 hit the U.S. Last year McLane opened a new 400,000-square-foot grocery distribution center in Ocala to serve its North Florida market.
McLane CEO W. Grady Rosier issued a statement earlier this week noting that the company continues to operate at full capacity to serve its clients.
“We consider it our duty and obligation to protect our customers and help stop the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining a fully operational supply chain. With that in mind, we have developed protocols to effectively deal with changing government relations and direction,” Rosier said.
Those protocols include limiting access to McLane facilities, enhanced sanitation efforts and adjusting pay and benefits policies to better support employees who contract COVID-19.
“We continue to manage our inventory to best serve our customers, including increasing inventory of high-demand items; we are applying new contingencies to bring uninterrupted service to customers; and we are in constant communication with our partners. Our commitment to provide best-in-class service to our customers has been constant, and our expertise for this level of service is unwavering.”