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September 19. 2013 10:35PM

US Foods plans move from Mass. to Seabrook

SEABROOK — Town officials got some welcome economic news during Tuesday night’s planning board meeting.

US Foods, one of the nation’s largest food distributors, made an informal presentation regarding plans to move their Peabody, Mass., facility to the former Poland Springs warehouse building on Ledge Road.

Seabrook Town Manager Bill Manzi said the move would bring about 250 jobs from Massachusetts and about 100 more jobs would be added.

The company said they plan to invest about $40 million into site acquisition and improvements, Manzi said.

The next step will be for US Foods to come back before the planning board for full site plan review.

“Obviously it is very exciting for Seabrook and for New Hampshire as well,” Manzi said. “It will bring jobs, good jobs, with benefits, health care and good pay.”

Manzi said the 505,000-square-foot Poland Springs building is now underutilized and even US Foods will not use all of the space.

Seabrook is well-positioned for the move because of the space availability and its proximity to Interstate 95, Manzi said.

“It is a great thing for Seabrook and New Hampshire. We are glad to see the company expanding here and don’t mind taking a little business from Massachusetts,” Manzi said.

Reached by phone on Thursday, John Glynn, president of US Foods Boston division, referred all questions to the corporate communications office in Rosemont, Ill. Calls to that office were not immediately returned on Thursday.

According to the US Foods website, it is one of the nation’s leading foodservice distributors to restaurants, health care and hospitality facilities, government operations and educational institutions. It employs about 25,000 people in more than 60 locations.

According to its Facebook page, the company does more than $21 billion in annual revenue and is the 10th largest private company in the U.S.

gmacalaster@newstote.com



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