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Kehe Foods and OHL open distribution center in the Northeast

Natural and specialty food distributor Kehe Food Distributors and supply chain management company OHL opened a $6.2 million distribution center in Allentown, Pa., with the help of incentives from the state of Pennsylvania. The facility is expected to create more than 200 jobs in the next three years, according to a news release.

Romeoville, Ill.-based Kehe will use the 300,000-square-foot facility to serve food retailers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. OHL will own and operate the warehouse, which Kehe spokesman Ted Beilman said opened last summer.

"Our new Allentown facility will dramatically improve our service times and overall operational efficiency in the Northeast," said Tom Small, executive vice president of warehousing and distribution for Kehe. "We're very pleased with our new eastern Pennsylvania location."

The project was coordinated through the Governor's Action Team, economic development professionals who work directly with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in the state. Pennsylvania provided OHL with a $1 million in funding that includes a $500,000 opportunity grant, $94,950 in job training assistance and $422,000 in job creation tax credits.

"We are pleased that Kehe Foods has expanded with us in Allentown," said Scott McWilliams, CEO of Brentwood, Tenn.,-based OHL. "The Governor's Action team worked diligently to design a program that benefits OHL, Kehe and the residents of this community."

Founded in 1952, Kehe Food Distributors distributes more than 40,000 products, including natural and organic, international, specialty, perishable, Kosher and Latin American food items to more than 15,000 retail outlets in 50 states, Mexico and the Caribbean.

With offices worldwide, OHL provides global supply chain management solutions, including transportation, warehousing and distribution, customs brokerage, freight forwarding and import and export consulting services. OHL operates more than 120 distribution centers, offers transportation management services and employs more than 5,600.

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