US Foods Holding Corp., Rosemont, Ill., opened the doors to its newly renovated Fife, Wash., distribution facility. The project began in early 2016, and nearly doubled the size of the facility from 127,000 square feet to 240,000 square feet.

“As part of our ‘Great Food. Made Easy.’ strategy, US Foods is committed to helping our independent restaurant operators across the region be successful,” says Matt Reynolds, area president, Mountain West. “We’ve served the thriving culinary scene in Seattle for more than 20 years, and we are thrilled that this investment is making it even easier for us to bring innovative, on-trend products and business solutions to more customers throughout Seattle and beyond.”

Additions to the distribution center include a state-of-the art kitchen and training center for product demonstrations and customer ideation, and a technology center where customers can learn about the company’s industry-leading mobile apps and web-based business solutions. The expansion also incorporates several energy and environmental improvements, such as a highly efficient cascade refrigeration system, and energy saving high-output fluorescent and LED lighting. The company also used locally sourced and recycled content furnishings and building materials.

The Fife distribution center is home to more than 270 employees, and serves independent restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions throughout the Seattle market and surrounding area.

US Foods has operated out of the Fife facility since 1998.