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November 12, 2015

Imperial Distributors building new Worcester facility

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Imperial Distributors of Worcester will build a new distribution facility off of Route 146 at the former site of U.S. Steel, consolidating its operations in a built-to-suit building.

The 325,000-square-foot facility will house distribution space, administrative offices and the company’s innovation center. Imperial distributes non-food products to more than 3,500 locations, shipping more than 1.3 million units each week throughout 27 states.

The company was founded in Worcester in 1939 and has operations in the city as well as the Auburn Industrial Park, said Imperial CEO Michael Sleeper. The new facility will consolidate those operations and house approximately 340 employees. The company has 750 employees total.

“The new facility will bring our entire team together in one place, and its ideal location will allow us to retain our talented workforce,” said Sleeper, who added many of the company’s employees are local.

The site off of the highway is excellent for the company because of the proximity to the Mass Pike, he said.

The facility, which will be built on land leased from developer GFI Partners, is expected to open in January of 2017. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The transition to the new location will not disrupt shipping operations, Sleeper said.

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