WILMINGTON – Des Plaines-based Batory Foods is slated to break ground in May on a 678,000-square-foot facility in Wilmington to launch a new business line providing third-party logistics services to suppliers, according to a company news release.
The food distributor’s $20 million facility – scheduled for a November opening – will lead to 75 permanent distribution and supply chain logistics jobs and as many as 200 construction jobs, Wilmington City Administrator Tony Graff said.
Batory will serve as a third-party logistics provider for Fonterra, a leading dairy giant based in New Zealand. Graff said the company is going above and beyond to increase food safety at the facility through the use of technology upgrades such as dock seals and real-time inventory tracking.
As Fonterra’s largest U.S. distributor, Batory is uniquely positioned to provide a third-party logistics service experience, according to the news release.
In a statement, Wilmington Mayor Marty Orr said Batory’s investment in the city is “exciting because it will bring opportunity here.”
“Batory doesn’t just talk the ‘social responsibility’ talk. They live it. You can see that in how they’re constructing the site and the level of engagement they have already within Wilmington,” Orr said.
The facility will be located within the RidgePort Logistics Center in Wilmington – a developing 14 million-square-foot park with more than 1,500 acres.
The facility marks the second in Will County serving Fonterra, said John Greuling, president and CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development.
Food processing is one of the CED’s target industries, Greuling said, and adds to RidgePort Logistics’ growing reputation as a food industry cluster.