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Ben E. Keith Company Completes Warehouse Expansion

Ben E. Keith Company recently announced the completion of the warehouse expansion to its Oklahoma Division, located in Edmond, OK. The 18 month project includes a 134,000 square foot expansion with the installation of the Dematic Automated Storage and Retrieval System, or ASRS.  The three automated cranes will provide Ben E. Keith with the flexibility to fulfill orders and perform warehousing functions with maximum efficiency.

Included in the expansion is the installation of an underground storm shelter and a robotic sanitation system to ensure the cleanliness of refrigerated delivery trailers. The addition increases the total square footage of the existing warehouse, originally opened in January of 2006, to 471,724 square feet. The warehouse currently stocks over 18,000 SKUs.

"We are excited to have completed this expansion project.  The additional space enhances our ability to support our growing customer base in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Western Missouri.  It improves our ability to provide premium choices for our customers, and increases efficiencies and food safety practices throughout the operation," states Kirk Purnell, Oklahoma General Manager.

The Oklahoma Division currently has 480 full time employees and has been recognized for four consecutive years as one of the "Top Work Places in Oklahoma" by The Oklahoman.

Established in Fort Worth, Texas in 1906, Ben E. Keith is the nation's eighth largest broad line foodservice distributor and operates with eight divisions shipping to fourteen states throughout the country.

For more information about Ben E. Keith contact David Werner, Vice President, Marketing. 817-759-6826. wdwerner@benekeith.com

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