Distribution center brings 108 jobs to Newnan-Coweta

A company that makes sure you get your fast-food orders filled at Chick-fil-A, Arby’s, Burger King and Captain D’s and your sit-down orders at Red Lobster and Olive Garden is setting up shop in the Coweta County Industrial Park, bringing 108 jobs to the Newnan area.

MBM Foodservice — one of the largest privately owned foodservice distributors in the nation, specializing in providing food to more than 25,000 nationally franchised restaurants — will spend $12.6 million to convert a spec building to its needs, according to a news release Thursday from the office of Gov. Nathan Deal.

The Newnan site joins other MBM distribution centers in LaGrange, Macon and Cordele, plus centers in 15 other states.

MBM will lease a speculative shell building in Coweta Industrial Park in Newnan, with upgrades expected to begin immediately, the news release says. Pattillo Construction will complete the building upgrades, which will include the addition of a freezer, cooler and dry storage areas to suit MBM’s needs. The company expects to begin hiring for the newly created positions during the first quarter of 2012.

“MBM Foodservice is among the many distribution operations in Georgia that have found success here because of the strength of our high-performing logistics infrastructure,” Gov. Deal said. “Georgia works aggressively to make certain that we remain a global logistics hub. Our position as a leader in this area makes doing business easier for companies like MBM and others that rely on a sound freight and transportation network to meet their customers’ growing needs.”

MBM Foodservice, based in Rocky Mount, N.C., is one of the nation’s largest customized food-service distributors for national and regional restaurant chains. The company services customers in nearly all 50 states and also internationally. MBM’s list of customers includes top restaurant chains, consisting of quick serve and casual dining concepts. The Newnan facility will serve as one of MBM’s main food distribution centers for its customers in the Southeast.

“We are delighted that MBM has chosen to locate a facility in Coweta County,” said David Brown, chairman of the Coweta County Development Authority. “MBM is a well-recognized name in the food-service distribution industry and is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 50 privately held companies in the United States. We appreciate the company’s commitment to our community, and we look forward to working with MBM for many years to come.”

“MBM choosing this facility is a strong endorsement of the leadership in Coweta County, the strategic location in Coweta Industrial Park and the talented workforce in the region,” said Larry Callahan, CEO of Pattiillo Industrial Real Estate. “Pattillo has had the opportunity to serve MBM before, and we know they are a first-class addition to Coweta County.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) partnered with the Coweta County Development Authority to manage the MBM Foodservice expansion project. GDEcD project manager EJane Caraway managed this project on behalf of the state.

“MBM’s expansion in Georgia goes a long way to validate many of the initiatives we’re managing to help our existing industries be as competitive as possible in all the strategic markets where they do business,” said Chris Cummiskey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “This expansion is a credit not only to our logistics system, but also to our nationally recognized business climate that keeps Georgia top of mind for companies seeking to expand or locate here.”

Founded in 1947, MBM is one of the nation’s largest customized food-service distributors for national and regional restaurant chains.

MBM is recognized by Forbes as one of the top 50 privately held companies in the United States. The company has been a privately held family business since its inception.

Headquartered in North Carolina, MBM has gained an outstanding reputation for establishing world-class standards in the food-service industry. MBM services customers in nearly all 50 states as well as internationally.