Central York school board agrees on tax increase amid policing discussion

New owner plans to close longtime York County food distribution center

Maria Yohn
York Dispatch

Michigan-based Gordon Food Services is closing a York County food distribution center and laying off its 64 employees, including administrative, distribution and inside sales staff. 

Gordon Food Services acquired the Spring Garden Township-based Ettline Food Corp. in October 2017. According to the Department of Labor and Industry, the company filed a Worker Adjustment and Notification Act notice that is now displayed on the department’s website.

Ettline logo

According to the website, the company layoff will become effective March 23, and the 525 N. State St. location will be cleared out and closed by June 15.  

More:EDITORIAL: It's hard to celebrate move of 450 Harley-Davidson jobs to York County

More:Glatfelter explores sale of division with location in Spring Grove

More:Layoffs affect 360 local workers, but about 100 already rehired

Ettline was founded in 1889 in Pennsylvania by Oscar O. Ettline as a full-service grocery store. It prospered in the decades following World War II and eventually began serving restaurants, health care facilities, schools and other business and industry customers. 

Gordon Food Services was opened in 1897 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has distribution sites in 10 states and Canada. It also owns a distribution center in Allegheny County and operates a chain of membership-based food service stores at three locations in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. 

Officials from Gordon Food Services could not immediately be reached for comment.