The Norman Transcript

Business

February 17, 2013

Sysco welcomes Norman Chamber members; forum presented on Workers Compensation

NORMAN — Sysco hosted members of the Norman Chamber of Commerce, local legislators and other interested parties on Friday with lunch and tours of the newly expanded Norman facility. In addition to the open house, the meeting served as a Workers Compensation forum to discuss current legislation to reform the Oklahoma’s workers comp system in Oklahoma which is considered one of the most costly in the nation.

“We are honored and proud to have Sysco in our community,” said Chamber President and CEO John Woods.

Sysco is the largest food service distributing company in the world with more than 400,000 customers, Sysco Oklahoma President Chris K. Davis said.

Sysco is also a sponsor of “Restaurant Impossible” on the Food Network.

“We don’t make anything, we just deliver stuff,” Davis said.

But the Sysco label on many of the products means the company controls how those products are manufactured.

Sysco serves 17 percent of the total market.

“We can get you fish from Hawaii in two days,” Davis said.

The recent expansion of the Norman facility includes the dry warehouse where non-perishables are stored. That warehouse was expanded from 70,000 square feet to 110,000 square feet.

The physical expansion will allow for the expansion of business as the Norman facility transitions to handling $110 million more annually with expansion into Kansas.

In addition to more space, upgrades like the new robotic system make the dry warehouse more efficient adding flexibility for customers as well as space.

Inbound traffic at the warehouse runs Monday through Friday, said Warehouse Manager Don Zvacek.

Outbound starts at 5:30 and runs until 3 a.m.

Sysco serves restaurants, schools, federal facilities, casinos, jails and more. Safety of employees is a key factor. The day shift has three years and night shift two years without an injury.

Zvacek said those records exist in large part because the employees take pride in their work, but that’s not the whole story.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business
  • Candy Basket celebrates 25 years

    Perhaps it’s the chocolate covered blueberries whose deliciousness still lingers. Or maybe it’s the blood orange and wild honey white chocolate ganache that won’t soon be forgotten by your taste buds. At The Candy Basket there is decadence ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Bramlett & Associates adopts new name reflective of business

    Bramlett & Associates Multimedia LLC (Bramlett Multimedia), 215 W. Main St., announced this month that the company will change its name after 12 years in business and will do business as BOLD-Multimedia. The announcement, made first to ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Toothpick holders convention coming to Norman

    Lynne Ryan has been collecting toothpick holders her entire life. “My parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. ‘Bud’ Gibbs started our collection in 1936,” Ryan said. Ryan was born in 1940, and she grew up crawling around toothpick holders, as have ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Protect your online banking, shopping with encryption

    In my free, one-night class called “Fight the Internet Bad Guys and Win,” I teach everyday computer users how to stay out of trouble on the Internet. How to avoid virus infections, how to discern between the genuine and counterfeit, and ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Tourism in Okla. creates $17.2 M in economic benefit

    A new National Park Service report shows that the 1,108,103 visitors to Oklahoma’s national parks in 2013 spent $17.2 million and supported 176 jobs in the state. Oklahoma’s three national parks include: Washita Battlefield National ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Norman United Wayboard gets to work

    The United Way of Norman Board of Directors for 2014-15 has met for the first time. Leading the group as chair was Steve McDaniel of Oklahoma State Bank....

    July 20, 2014

  • Family tragedy opened one woman’s eyes to the need of the disabled

    Jean Bayles had a dream. The dream was to provide a fully accessible home for rent in Norman. Her brother, Terry Abbott, was injured when he was 15 and has been a quadriplegic since....

    July 13, 2014

  • HeyDay brings Boomerang back to Norman

    Boomerang Grille was a family-oriented, iconic restaurant for many Norman residents for many years. Few are the people who have not slid into those vinyl seated booths, picked up the red phone and ordered a Theta burger and onion rings or ...

    July 13, 2014

  • Residents serve Leadership board

    Four Norman residents are serving on the board of Leadership Oklahoma....

    July 6, 2014

  • Bellhops offer moving help to Norman

    Founders Cameron Doody and Stephen Vlahos launched Bellhops at Auburn University in 2011. “Our first year, we set a goal of 25 moves, and after three days we had moved 230 students during the college move in season.” Doody said. “That’s ...

    July 6, 2014