Baldor Specialty Foods has announced a new facility will be constructed to expand and enhance its operations in the D.C. area. The warehouse will be located in the Hargrove Industrial Campus at 4450 Hargrove Drive in Lanham, Maryland.
The 100,000-square-foot warehouse facility includes 35 dock doors that will allow Baldor D.C. to double its number of routes over the next few years and provide quicker deliveries to its restaurant and foodservice customers.
“The Lanham property also represents a continued investment in the economy of the area,” said Krenar Jusufi, VP of engineering. Jusufi helped identify the location, which he said was ideal, “not only for the size of the property, but also proximity to major highways, which will allow us to deliver efficiently to all surrounding areas, as well as its local community to draw from for employment opportunities.”
The location will allow Baldor to improve picking capabilities to increase diverse customer demand, speed up delivery times and add additional area farms and vendors to its roster of fresh, local sources.
“At Baldor, we see our customers’ success as our success, and delivering for them means providing the best possible ingredients and the best possible service every single day,” said Mike Muzyk, president, Baldor Specialty Foods.
“As our customer base has grown in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, we recognized the need for more space, and in particular, a location that allows us to get more trucks out and out faster. This expansion reflects Baldor’s commitment to our customers in this region.”
The Baldor D.C. expansion echoes the company’s earlier expansions in Boston and Philadelphia markets, as well as additions to its headquarters in Hunts Point, New York.
“Since we launched operations in the D.C. area in 2012, we’ve seen incredible demand for our products from local chefs, and the local team – now 70 strong – has risen to the challenge,” said Dominic Vasold, operations manager. “We are excited that this new location will allow us to prepare for the next decade of growth.”
Beginning as Balducci’s fruit stand in Greenwich Village in 1946, Baldor Specialty Foods is one of the largest importers and distributors of fresh produce and specialty foods in Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.