COLUMBUS, GA – Approximately 175 new jobs are coming to the Muscogee County area, as MDV Nash Finch opens a distribution facility in Columbus.
On June 29, company representatives will sign an agreement with Georgia Quick Start and Columbus Technical College to provide customized training for the new employees.
The signing ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. June 29, at the MDV Nash Finch facility, 6175 Technology Parkway, Midland, Ga.
The distribution center will be operated by MDV, which is headquartered in Norfolk, Va. The company is recognized as a premier food distributor dedicated solely to serving military commissaries and exchanges in the United States and abroad.
MDV is a division of Nash Finch Company, the second-largest publicly traded wholesale food distributor in the United States. Based in Minneapolis, the company distributes food products and provides support services to a variety of retail formats including conventional supermarkets, military commissaries, multicultural stores and extreme value stores.
In December 2009, Nash Finch announced the purchase of a 400,000-square-foot distribution facility in Columbus, Ga. The acquisition represents a $20 million investment in the first three years of operation.
"MDV Nash Finch and Quick Start share the goal of bringing good jobs to Georgians," said Jackie Rohosky, assistant commissioner of economic development programs for the Technical College System of Georgia and head of Quick Start. "We're proud to be able to partner with MDV Nash Finch and Columbus Technical College to deliver workforce solutions to help this world-class company's Georgia enterprise reach its full potential as quickly as possible."
Quick Start is Georgia's internationally acclaimed economic development program that provides customized workforce training at no cost to qualified new, expanding and existing businesses in Georgia. Since 1967, Quick Start has trained more than 779,000 employees through 5,800 projects in a broad range of industries.
The Quick Start training agreement was developed based on a Project Study conducted at the MDV Nash Finch facility in Norfolk, Va. The resulting partnership is based on MDV's commitment to provide approximately 175 new jobs for Georgians in the Muscogee County area. Quick Start is designing and developing training material, as well as providing instructors, for the classes.
"We are excited to offer our new associates this well-regarded and customized training," commented Ed Brunot, president and COO of MDV Nash Finch. "This partnership provides an excellent way to help our new employees and our organization succeed as we open our new facility in Columbus."
The training program involves three distinct partners: MDV Nash Finch, Columbus Technical College and Quick Start. Each partner is responsible for the successful completion of the program. When the Quick Start training is completed, Columbus Technical College is available to assist MDV Nash Finch with ongoing training programs.
"We are extremely pleased to be working with MDV Nash Finch and Quick Start," said J. Robert Jones, president of Columbus Technical College. "The Muscogee County area is very important to Columbus Technical College, and we're excited about the new opportunities MDV Nash Finch is bringing here."
The new Columbus MDV distribution center is scheduled to begin making deliveries to commissaries late in the third quarter of 2010.