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Smithfield Plans to Build Distribution Hub in Maryland

April 9, 2019

The world’s largest pork processor, Smithfield Foods Inc., announced plans this month to build a new, 420,000-sq-ft distribution hub in Cecil County, Maryland to expand its service to customers in the Northeast U.S. 

“This new distribution center is an essential part of our efforts to streamline our national logistics network to optimize our operations, while advancing our ambitious sustainability goals,” Smithfield Foods’ chief executive officer and president, Kenneth M. Sullivan, said in a company press release. “We are proud to become a part of the business community in Maryland, a location that provides strategic advantages for our business and improves our ability to provide high-quality product to our customers and consumers.”

The company will erect the facility in the Principio Business Park. Once operational, the distribution center will employ about 240 workers. A company press release did not specify the financial terms of the investment or a timeframe for the project’s completion. 

“A growing demand for Smithfield’s products is driving their new facility in Maryland, and we are proud to support this global company’s expansion,” Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly Schultz said in the Smithfield announcement. “With access to one-third of the U.S. population with an overnight drive, Maryland provides a competitive advantage for a food company like Smithfield to reach a significant customer base.” 

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