From the Office of Governor Tom Wolf
On Thursday, May 23, Governor Tom Wolf announced that WebstaurantStore, Inc., an online restaurant supply company, will construct a new fulfillment center, creating at least 400 new, full-time jobs in Columbia County.
“We’re thrilled to have helped WebstaurantStore bring new jobs to Columbia County,” said Governor Wolf. “We applaud Webstaurant for continuing to invest in the commonwealth, and for their contribution to make Pennsylvania a better place to live, work, and play.”
Due to Pennsylvania’s prime location and the strength of its workforce, WebstaurantStore has purchased land in Hemlock Township, Columbia County, and plans to build a 586,000-square-foot distribution center to better serve the Mid-Atlantic and New England region. The company has pledged to invest at least $33 million into the project, which is expected to create 400 new, full-time jobs and retain 483 jobs over the next three years.
“We are very excited to expand our presence in Pennsylvania with our new distribution center in the Bloomsburg area. As our rapid growth continues, we are pleased to make a long-term commitment to be a part of the Columbia County community,” said Dave Groff, president of WebstaurantStore. “We appreciate the guidance and support from the Governor’s Action Team to make this project a reality.”
WebstaurantStore received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for an $800,000 Pennsylvania First grant and $800,000 in job creation tax credits to be distributed upon the creation of new jobs. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.
Headquartered in Lititz, Lancaster County and launched in 2004, WebstaurantStore is the largest online restaurant supply store serving food service professionals and individual customers worldwide. The company offers thousands of available wholesale supplies and commercial equipment and has expanded its offerings beyond the restaurant industry, including healthcare, educational, and hotel supplies.