SYGMA expansion nearly completed

first_imgLANCASTER – A restaurant-supply company will complete an expansion of its new Lancaster distribution center this spring, more than doubling its operation to 230,000 square feet and setting the stage for job growth, company officials said. SYGMA Network Inc., a subsidiary of the Fortune 500 company SYSCO, expects to complete the expansion of its distribution center near Avenue G and 50th Street East by April 1. The company started construction of a 110,000-square-foot center last April, but decided to expand almost as soon as the facility was completed last fall. “We are expecting to continue to grow at our facility,” said Jim Stencel, company vice president. The company, which started its Lancaster operations in December, employs about 120 workers. Within a year the company expects to grow to 220, said Karla Bulluck, human resources manager. The project will be the third in Lancaster’s Fox Field Industrial Corridor between the Antelope Valley Freeway and Fox Field Airport. The corridor also has distribution centers for Rite Aid drugstores and the Michaels chain of craft stores. Lancaster Mayor Frank Roberts said the city was pleased the company decided early on to expand. The company fits in with the city’s plans to turn the Fox Field Corridor into a major job producer and help keep some of the region’s 50,000-plus commuters off the freeway. Other Fox Field Corridor project include plans by The Buzz Oates Group of Companies to build 425,000 square feet of commercial and industrial space at Avenue G and 30th Street West; the $24 million Fox Field Business Park with 220,000 square feet of industrial space by the commercial arm of home builder Larwin Co.; and a project by West Lancaster LLC to build a complex with approximately 250,000 square feet of floor space. The construction of the commercial and industrial buildings is being done “on spec” – constructed on speculation that a company will be interested, rather than tailor-made for specific tenants. Economic development officials said it is a welcome sight, because lack of industrial space has hampered efforts to draw businesses to the Antelope Valley. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Eventually the operation will grow to about 350 workers in Lancaster. Thus far, the company has received more than 3,220 applications. “Not only did we have the quantity (of applicants), but we had the quality,” Bulluck said. The company’s main need at this point is truck drivers. The company has 59 drivers now, but will need between 100 to 110, Bulluck said. The company acquired the site for the distribution center from the city’s Redevelopment Agency for $871,200. last_img read more