Fort Worth's Ben E. Keith Unveils $100M Regional HQ, Distribution Center in Alabama

Fort Worth-based Ben E. Keith Co. plans to build a $100 million distribution center and regional headquarters in southeast Alabama.Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced the Coffee County facility, which is expected to create 80 direct jobs during the next five years. The 425,000 square foot center is slated for completion by December 2021.It's being built in New Brockton, a town of 1,100 people about 80 miles southeast of Alabama's capital city, Montgomery. "The investment in the New Brockton facility will not only create good jobs in that community but also provide a springboard for this first-rate company to continue to grow in Alabama," Ivey said in her announcement.The facility is being designed for future expansion up to 1 million square feet.Founded in 1906, Ben E. Keith is one of Dallas-Fort Worth's largest privately owned companies. It reported annual revenue of $3.5 billion in last year's Forbes' ranking of America's largest private businesses.The food and beverage company employs about 4,000 people and distributes to restaurants, hospitals, schools, nursing homes and other institutional businesses. It also sells Anheuser-Busch products, energy drinks, spirits and wine.Ben E. Keith entered Alabama in 2016, when it acquired Elba's Kelley Foods, a homegrown business dating back to 1957. That operation has 230 workers today.The Associated Press and Dallas Morning News  Continue reading...

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