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McDonald's supplier adding space

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Frank Schultz
January 7, 2013

What it is: A 45,810-square-foot expansion to Golden State Foods in the Whitewater Business Park. Most of it is new warehouse space, but an office renovation is part of the project, too.

When completed, the company's distribution center will comprise more than 92,600 square feet.

The California-based Golden State Foods describes itself as one of the world's largest diversified suppliers to the quick-service restaurant industry, employing about 4,000 worldwide.

The Whitewater facility is 25 years old, General Manager Wayne Luter said. It operated for many years as Perlman-Rocque. Golden State Foods acquired it in December 2006. Luter was complimentary about the city's cooperation during construction, saying: "They've been great partners."

The contractor for the expansion is ARCO Construction of St. Louis.

What's it for? Golden State serves close to 400 McDonald's restaurants in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan.

"This is about our ability to serve our customer," Luter said.

Who works there? About 130 employees. No increase in employment is planned, Luter said.

What's the progress? Groundbreaking was last August.

Completion will likely be in July, Luter said.



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