"Forgive me for milking this moment, but this accomplishment is 'udderly' incredible,"
- Newark Mayor Cory Booker
On Tuesday, December 20, 2011 Bartlett Dairy opened its Newark facility under its affiliate Bartlett Distribution Services, LLC. The 105,000 square foot facility in Newark's South Ward services Starbucks, Barnes & Noble bookstores, schools, hotels, hospitals, restaurants, and grocery stores throughout New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvainia. "If you look at our map and the stores that we serve, it's centered right here," said company president Thomas Malave, "A perfect fit".
A good business move for Bartlett, but also a great boon to the local community. The Newark economy is expected to benefit from the expansion over the course of two phases,
Phase 1 - The first step, where the Clifton Facility and its 175 jobs are relocated to the Southward Industrial Park, followed by
Phase 2 - The addition of another 200 jobs through growth, giving priority to Newark residents.
Naturally the Newark Mayor and his staff were ecstatic over this development,
In addition, when closing negotiations with Brick City Development Corporation, Bartlett also contributed to the Jackie Robinson Little League, the Bergen Street Merchants Association, and the South Ward Pop Warner.
The mayor and his staff finished the event by touring the facility, speaking with local workers and examining its stock, eqiupment and vehicles. Impressed by what they saw, Deputy Mayor Adam Zipkin went on to say, "Bartlett Dairy will be a partner and an economic engine for our City in the years to come."
"Four-hundred Newarkers could land jobs at Bartlett Dairy's new, 105,000-square-foot distribution center in the city's South Ward, officials said at the facility's ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday.", Newark Patch