July 6, 2015
Martin Bros. Begins $16 Million Expansion
Martin Bros. Distributing Co., Inc. recently broke ground on a $16 million expansion to their Cedar Falls, Iowa facilities that will add 77,000-square-feet of warehouse space and create 35 additional jobs.
Martin Bros. is a full-line, independent, family-owned foodservice distributor that has been serving Iowa and seven surrounding states for 75 years. The company offers state-of-the-art broadline distributing to restaurants, schools, nursing care facilities and other institutions. They also offer value-added services to their customers including online tools, menu design, nutritional resources, culinary advising and much more.
"We're excited to get this project going," said Jeff Martin, Martin Bros. Chief Financial Officer. "We've been seeing pretty good growth over the last several years, so we're happy to be in this position."The company was founded in 1940 by brothers Roy and Glenn Martin – Jeff Martin's grandfather and great-uncle, respectively. Jeff Martin's brother, Brooks Martin, is Chief Executive Officer. Together, Brooks and Jeff are the third generation of Martins to run the company.
Martin Bros. employs over 600 people, about 300 of which work out of the company’s Cedar Falls facilities. Their Cedar Falls facilities are made up of four buildings located in the city’s industrial park and include the warehouse/operations center and a food market that is open to the public. The company also has a public food market in Mason City, Iowa.
Martin Bros. has had eight major additions or remodeling projects since 1998, the last of which being a nearly $6 million freezer addition completed in 2012. The new expansion will be the largest in terms of dollar value. Construction is anticipated to be completed in 2016.
"We've kind of grown across all sectors of our business -- the colleges, universities and the schools, both here in Iowa and surrounding states. We've seen growth in our independent restaurant business and our health care facilities and nursing homes," Jeff Martin said.
For more information on Martin Bros., visit www.martinsnet.com.
STORY SOURCE: Martin Bros., 6623 Chancellor Drive, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
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