A Walford company will construct and operate a 600,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center for Kent Corp. in Muscatine.
GSTC Logistics will hire 29 to 35 people to staff the new facility when it is completed and fully operational by January 2014. It will serve as the distribution center for products made by three Kent Corp. subsidiaries — GPC, Kent Nutrition Group and Kent Pet Group.
Kent Corp. said construction of the distribution center is expected to begin within the new few weeks. The company said materials and labor for construction of the facility will come from area businesses.
"The new warehouse will provide us a food-grade facility to meet our customer requirements," said Kevin Fields, executive vice president of enterprise services for Kent Corp. "This distribution center also will have a state-of-the-art warehouse management system."
Kent Corp. is a privately owned company with approximately 1,800 employees involved in the manufacture of animal feeds and pet food.GSTC Logistics is a division of Gordon Sevig Trucking Co. (GSTC), 400 Highway 151 E. in Walford. Founded in 1994, GSTC Logistics is a family owned and operated third-party logistics company with more than 735,000 square feet of warehouse space.