Ground has been broken on a new Sysco Belfast distribution facility at Nutt’s Corner, Co. Antrim, as Sysco Ireland presses ahead with its growth plans in Northern Ireland.
Sysco Ireland envisages that the new facility will enable it to double the size of its Northern Irish business over the next five years.
The development, being undertaken by Magherafelt-based construction company Heron Bros, forms part of a £23 million investment by Sysco Ireland in its Northern operation.
The construction is expected to create approximately 200 jobs and take approximately 18 months to complete, with the distribution facility opening expected to occur in early 2025.
When complete, it will create 90 additional jobs, taking the company’s workforce in Northern Ireland to over 300 people.
When fully operational, the facility will manage over 10,000 food products, with 70% sourced locally across the island of Ireland, with guaranteed next-day delivery.
Mark Lee, CEO of Sysco Ireland, who was present at the ground-breaking, said, “At Sysco Ireland, we are committed to growing our business across Northern Ireland over the coming years, gaining customers and building our network of local suppliers.
“This new, state-of-the-art facility at Nutt’s Corner represents a strategically important location, allowing us excellent connectivity to serve our customers and further grow our business. The development is a key part of our business strategy in Northern Ireland and will also ensure that we grow our business responsibly.
“Sustainability was a key consideration in our plans, with the design incorporating solar panels on the roof, rainwater-harvesting, and advanced heat pump technology, as well as providing electric vehicle chargers for both staff and fleet vehicles.
“The new facility will also allow us to create a fantastic working environment for colleagues in Northern Ireland, who are fundamental to the success of our business.”
The construction work is being undertaken by construction and property development company Heron Bros, the property director of which, Paul Mulholland, said, “We are delighted to have commenced work on this new distribution facility for Sysco Ireland. The development combines innovative technologies designed to enhance sustainability within a state-of-the-art storage and distribution centre at a key gateway location.
“This project will bring around 200 construction jobs and apprenticeships to the Antrim area, alongside the long-term employment that the new distribution centre will provide.”
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