Penske Logistics in Pennsylvania opened the Michigan Fresh Center, a 606,000-square-foot freezer/cooler distribution center in Romulus on Tuesday. The facility will serve the food distribution needs of The Kroger Co. of Michigan, based in Novi.
The facility cost $98.5 million to build. InSite Real Estate led the construction, which took place from fall 2017-fall 2018. On-site Penske Logistics management and workers were gradually hired as food and beverage products moved into the facility.
“Our new distribution center to serve Kroger’s needs is fully operational,” says Marc Althen, president of Penske Logistics. “We are dedicated to providing customers with the state-of-the-art facilities they need to serve their own customers.”
A grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund and tax incentive abatements requested through the Detroit Aerotropolis from the city of Romulus and Wayne County played integral roles in the job creation and facility site selection.
“The new Michigan Fresh Center brings greater convenience to The Kroger Co. of Michigan and enables us to supply store locations with fresher product every day,” says Rachel Hurst, corporate affairs manager of The Kroger Co. of Michigan. “All products housed in the new distribution center are Kroger products, and the facility will only service Kroger’s Michigan Division.”
The center is situated on about 47 acres at 15520 Wayne Road. It has 105 loading docks, freezers, coolers, an ambient temperature section, and space for commercial semi-trucks and trailers. Penske provides similar warehousing and distribution center management and trucking services to Kroger in other locations across the country.
Penske Logistics has open positions at the facility. Interested candidates can view and apply to openings here. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Penske Truck Leasing, which has operations in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
Incorporated in Michigan in 1917, The Kroger Co. of Michigan operates 120 Kroger stores, 78 fuel centers, 102 pharmacies, and the Michigan Dairy.