Lancaster: National distribution center opens Ready to employ 200
LANCASTER – United Nat-ural Foods Incorporated celebrated their grand opening on Danieldale Road with a customer appreciation day held Wednesday, Aug. 25.
"I am excited to see the business open," said Western Regional President Kurt Luttecke.
UNFI is the leading national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods and plans to hire at least 200 employees from the area.
"I would say we will have around 225 to 240 employees to start and we are ready to employee at least 200 here," said Luttecke.
The center is currently using 400,000 square foot and can expand another 200,000 when needed for additional space.
According to Luttecke, this is an ideal central location to support retailers throughout the Southwest including Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Strategically, the Lancaster distribution center extends UNFI’s focus on lowering operating costs in its distribution network; enhancing efficiencies, improving productivity through "best in class" warehousing and inventory control systems as well as reducing Greenhouse gas emissions.
The Lancaster facility will be the company’s 21st distribution center in its nationwide distribution network.
Environmental design focuses on resource and energy conservation, use of sustainable and recycled-content building materials and indoor air quality for the building occupants.
During an interview conducted onsite of the new center, Luttecke said UNFI intends to submit an application for LEED ® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification upon completion of the build out.
Additionally, by transferring distribution routes from their Denver facility to Lancaster, the company hopes to be reducing greenhouse gas and CO2 emissions significantly.
"It just makes sense, Albert’s Organics Produce, an extension of our company, is also based here and we will be able to take advantage of all the rural organic farmers based in Texas without all the transporting," said Luttecke.
Luctteke has worked with UNFI for the last four years with an additional 20 years in retail background with Whole Foods and Wild Oats companies.