On April 23, the Cheney Brothers’ distribution location celebrated the completion of its recent expansion with an elaborate grand opening. The company grew its building by 165,000-square-feet and added 100 new jobs.
Cheney Brothers, a Florida-based food-service distributor, is in its fourth generation of family-owned operation. It purchased the Pate Dawson Company in 2016, adding facilities in North Carolina in Statesville, Goldsboro and Greensboro.
The Statesville expansion started in 2018 and brings the location to more than 250,000-square-feet. The additional space includes a new test kitchen, multiple temperature zones or freezers for food storage, cash and carry, which is open to the public, and additional office space for employees. The event included local partners, community officials and Cheney Brothers staff, many wearing red in support of the corporation.
Rick Stapleton, president of Cheney Brothers in Statesville, kicked off the event explaining what this expansion means and what is next for Cheney Brothers.
“It’s a $36-million investment, this expansion,” Stapleton said. “We celebrate being able to grow our employee staff to over 200 when we were only at 90. The Cheney Brothers are committed to the Carolinas."
Local officials discussed the company's impact on the community.
“This is a big company with a small company heart, with the way they engage with its employees and the community,” Iredell Board of Commissioners member James Mallory said.
This venture will help to continue to build the bridge between customers and consumers in Iredell County, Mallory said.
“When we see companies that drop anchors and really invest in our communities we really get excited,” Assistant Secretary of Rural Economic Development Kenny Flowers said. “This is big for not only Iredell, but for North Carolina."
Cheney Brothers foresees success in the Statesville area due to community readiness - and this says a lot about Iredell County as a city and a region, Flowers said.
Flowers closed by thanking the local leadership for not missing out on an opportunity to have a company like Cheney Brothers investing in the community.
Cheney Brothers personnel gave tours as part of the opening and entertainment was on hand.
The company established its base in North Carolina in 2016, with facilities in Statesville, Greensboro and Goldsboro. The Greensboro and Goldsboro locations will be next to add more modernization to their facilities, said District Sales Manager Mark Bishop.