Golden State Foods unveils 45,000 square foot expansion
WHITEWATER--Two deliveries a week, 1,000 products, 385 McDonald's restaurants.
That is the volume of business at Golden State Foods facility in Whitewater, 729 Executive Drive.
Golden State Foods is one of the largest suppliers to the quick service restaurant industry, and it's main client is McDonald's. The Whitewater facility has been in operation since 2006, but a 45,810 square-foot expansion that opened Thursday will allow the facility to handle more product than ever.
“The facility has been here over 25 years, and we've set it up for success for the next 25,” said Paul Sestak, Golden State Foods Whitewater Group vice president and general manager.
Sestak said Golden State Foods decided Whitewater was an ideal location for a distribution center because of its placement between Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison regions, as well as the restaurants located in Iowa, Illinois and Michigan.
“Miles cost money,” Sestak said. “Geographically, this is the most central location to be efficient in servicing the 385 restaurants.”
Sestak said the expansion was needed to serve a growing number of restaurants and customers in the Midwest. The building now totals 92,610 square feet. To celebrate the company's expansion, Golden State Foods hosted an opening ceremony on Thursday.
Whitewater City Manager Cameron Clapper said the company has benefited the community in many ways, including donating $50,000 to Treyton's Field of Dreams, a youth baseball field being built in Whitewater in memory of Treyton Kilar, who was killed in a drunken driving accident in 2010.
“This is the kind of company we want to have in the city of Whitewater,” Clapper said. “We want to continue our good partnership with Golden State Foods. We've enjoyed it so far, and we look forward to it in the future.”
Sestak said being near UW-Whitewater is an advantage.
“We have a number of part-time associates that are students at the university,” Sestak said. “They make wonderful associates, and we're proud to support the community in that regard, it's a great partnership.”
The Whitewater facility takes in more than 1,000 products from suppliers around the country and consolidates them in the distribution center. The products include everything that makes a McDonald's restaurant operate: cups, food ingredients and soda.
The products are then portioned to what each store needs and shipped. Sestak compared the process to each individual restaurant shopping and the Whitewater facility as the grocery store.