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Ben E. Keith expanding in NLR, adding jobs

Ben E. Keith expanding in NLR, adding jobs

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LITTLE ROCK - Ben E. Keith, a distributor of food service products, Tuesday announced plans to build a new, expanded North Little Rock facility. The company will invest $60 million in a new 300,000-square-foot facility that will be the company’s Mid-South Regional Headquarters. Through the expansion, the company will add 74 new jobs and retain 260 current jobs at an average wage of $33.75 per hour.

The expansion is made possible through a $1.5 million grant through the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA).  Matt Erskine, EDA’s deputy assistant secretary of commerce, joined Governor Mike Beebe, Ben E. Keith’s leadership, representatives of Arkansas’ congressional delegation and local leaders to announce EDA’s grant commitment.

“We are delighted in the progress of our plans to construct this new state-of-the-art distribution center in North Little Rock,” said Mike Roach, President of Ben E Keith Foods. “We are excited about enlarging our base of operations in Arkansas, and this new center will allow us to greatly expand our product line and better serve our thousands of valued clients in this market.”

Ben E. Keith’s presence in Arkansas dates back to 1973 when the company purchased the Dillaha Fruit Company, founded by Theo A. Dillaha Sr. In addition to its North Little Rock facility, the company also has a facility at the Port of Little Rock that will be consolidated within the expansion.