S&W Wholesale Foods announced the company is investing $12 million to develop a new multi temperature wholesale food distribution center near Hammond, Louisiana.
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Upon completion, the company will relocate its current operations to the new 100,000 square foot facility, which will feature 30,000 square feet of office space that includes a state of the art culinary test kitchen and a training facility with stadium style seating.
S&W Wholesale is a family owned and operated Louisiana distributor of meats, seafood, produce, dairy, canned goods, cleaning supplies, paper products, plasticware and more. With the new, larger facility, the company will retain 75 employees and create 30 direct new jobs with an average salary of $55,000, plus benefits.
Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 45 indirect jobs, for a total of more than 75 new jobs in Louisiana’s Southeast region. An estimated 150 construction jobs will be created at peak activity.
S&W Wholesale services restaurants, convenience stores, bakeries and multi unit operations across southeast Louisiana. The company was able to continue supplying restaurants and convenience stores in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, resulting in a 45 percent increase in sales.
S&W Wholesale Foods has expanded operations near Hammond 13 times since 1978, and the current site cannot accommodate its new facility plans. The company will relocate all operations to the new facility to a greenfield site near the Pumpkin Center I 10 exit in unincorporated Tangipahoa Parish.
To secure the project in Tangipahoa and to facilitate the expansion, the state of Louisiana is providing the company with a competitive incentive package that includes the comprehensive services of LED FastStart, ranked the No. 1 workforce development program in the U.S. for the past 12 years.
Additionally, S&W Wholesale will receive a sponsored $430,000 award from the state’s Economic Development Award program. The company is expected to utilize the state’s Enterprise Zone program. ■