Sunfield Welcomes US Foods to Buda, Texas

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Sunfield - a Master Planned Community in Buda, Texas just south of Austin - is pleased to announce the addition of U.S. Foods to its development. Just two weeks ago, U.S. Foodservice – one of the nation’s largest food distribution companies – broke ground on a $50 million dollar facility at Sunfield in Buda, hopefully paving the way for an economic upturn for the entire areas.

Bobby Lane, Mayor of Buda Texas, is ‘thrilled’ to welcome a major company to this quaint community of 5,800 residents just south of Austin.
“It’s not often that a city gets a quality company like U.S. Foodservice to put down roots in their town. We are certainly grateful – particularly in these challenging economic times – to welcome them to Buda, Lane stated. “There was competition from many towns around Austin and as far as San Antonio, and we are very fortunate to have been chosen, In addition, I personally have a lot of respect for the leadership at U.S. Foodservice and they way they conducted themselves throughout the process, and am hopeful that it will not only be a catalyst for other firms to consider doing business here, but for spin-offs like groceries, gas stations and other service industries that the company’s workforce will need as well."

U.S. Foodservice’s new regional distribution center will be located on a 40-acre tract in Sunfield, a Large-scale mixed use community just east of Buda near the intersection of I-H 35 and SH-45. According to Buda Mayor Bobby Lane, “This development and the new infrastructure should serve as a catalyst for new business development for years to come”. Hays County will upgrade the two roads adjoining the site, CR 118 and Turnersville Road, with a $750,000 Texas Capital Fund Grant and $2.7 million in county funds that should be recouped through U.S. Foodservice property tax over the next two decades. The new 290,000 facility is slated for October 2011 completion and will initially staff 250 employees. Possible future expansion could add between 100,000 – 200,000 additional square feet and 150 new employees. Designed and built by ESI Design Services of Wisconsin, the environmentally-friendly campus will qualify for Green Building Council LEED Certification.

With Chatleff Controls - one of Buda’s largest industrial employers – announcing earlier this month it was shutting down and outsourcing 120 jobs to Mexico, the U.S Foodservice facility was a welcome relief to the city.

According to U.S Foodservice Austin Division President John Fowler, the company is comprised of 25,000 employees and $19 billion in annual revenue. The Central Texas division supplies 2,800 customers in Austin, San Antonio and Corpus Christi.

Sunfield is a Scarborough Lane development located on the eastern side of Buda only 17 miles from Austin, 15 from San Marcos and 25 from New Braunfels, at the summit of the Austin-San Antonio corridor.

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