After a disastrous tornado experience last April and months of hard work to meet customer delivery needs, the USFoods Jackson Division celebrated progress by hosting a groundbreaking event on Wednesday, August 27th -  initiating the construction of its new distribution center. "I've chosen to speak two words; patience and resiliency," said Gil Smith, Division President, in his opening statement.

"These two words truly symbolize the process that brings us to today's event and also represents a significant characteristic of the Jackson associates and customers.

"The Jackson team and customers have demonstrated extraordinary patience during the difficult months following the tornado. Everyone's joint effort allowed for a quick recovery and a return to the outstanding service Jackson customers have to come to expect. And, despite the many challenges and disruptions, division associates remained positive and focused on their customers and each other.

"The hope of a new facility has been a dream of our employees for a long time," said Smith. "although our current facility has allowed our division to be successful for many years, the state-of-the-art design of this new facility and the efficiencies that it will provide, will allows us to better serve our customers and it will definitely be a facility that we will be proud to call our new home."

The groundbreaking event was attended by Jackson Division and Central Regions Executive Staff, division employees, and government officials including Senator Thad Cochran, Mayor Gary Rhodes, and First Lady Deborah Bryant. Division President Smith thanked the State of Mississippi, the Economic Development Board, Flowood Chamber of Commerce and the City of Flowood for continuing to offer their support.

An important event to local businesses, the groundbreaking ceremony was also covered by  area media including WLBT (NBC) and WAPT (ABC), along with reporters from the Clarion-Ledger and the Flowood Compass Magazine.

"I am very excited for this day and very proud for all of our associates who after many years will have the opportunity to work and support our customers in a facility that will truly be second to none," Smith said.

"The foundation of this new facility just like that of our current facility will remain with the 320 employees that work everyday to continue to make US Foods-Jackson successful."



Flowood welcomes the coming arrival of its first full-service hotel. Construction has begun on a $14.5 million, 112-room Hilton Garden Inn which will be located next to the Longhorn Steakhouse on Lakeland Drive. The new hotel should open in early 2016 and is expected to create as many as 60 permanent jobs.

The new Hilton Garden Inn will include a restaurant serving breakfast and dinner as well as bar. Also in the plans are a swimming pool and 3,000 square feet of conference space. Local development group, CDA Hospitality of Flowood, says only one other hotel in the county, Pearl's Holiday Inn Trustmark Park, developed by the firm, has full-service amenities.

CDA feels the Hilton Garden Inn's convenient location will make it attractive to visitors. With its location in Flowood, the new hotel will be close to the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, Flowood's medical district, and to the East Metro Parkway, which will provide a direct link from Flowood to Interstate 20.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation numbers show an average of 34,000 vehicles per day traveled through the Lakeland/East Metro intersection last year.  That figure rose as high as 38,000 per day in 2010. While both Flowood and Pearl have seen many hotels open as a result of increased business and retail attraction, East Metro Parkway's completion could open Rankin County to even more hotel development.

Developers chose Hilton as the hotel's brand because of its reputation as a top hotel company and because of a strong, worldwide network with alluring rewards programs for their guests.

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