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Gordon Food Service

Gordon Food Service ("GFS") is the largest privately held foodservice distributor in North America with sales of $5.5 billion in 2007. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan , GFS has Marketplace stores in the states of Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. GFS also distributes to portions of Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Gordon Food Service was founded in 1897 by Isaac van Westenbrugge, a 23-year-old Dutch immigrant, and later taken over by his son-in-law Ben Gordon. It was started by Van Westenbrugge with only 300 dollars borrowed from his brother to start an egg and butter delivery service.

Canada

GFS also distributes under different names in much of Canada:

Technology

GFS has the largest automated distribution center in the world, located in Shepherdsville, KY. With Market places developing in other states the company continues to grow year by year. The company also has over 11,000 employees.

The company also sponsored the NASCAR Nextel Cup GFS Marketplace 400 race from 2003 to 2006.

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