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
"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
"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
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."
HILTON GARDEN INN:
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
Welcome to Flowood!