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Byron Russell, Cheney Brothers
attended the ribbon cutting of Cheney Brothers’ 350,000 square-foot distribution facility in Punta Gorda to serve Southwest Florida and the Tampa Bay region. “The creation of 380 new jobs in Punta Gorda is great news for our state,” said Scott. The new center was also a milestone for Warren Newell, director of development, who is responsible for the construction and engineering aspects of the company’s rapid growth. “Byron and I were born in West Palm Beach and have known each other since fifth grade,” said Newell. “In addition to creating great jobs for Florida families, Byron has always been dedicated to helping our community, which can be seen by the dozens of charity events Cheney Brothers sponsors every year.” Overall, Cheney Brothers employs more than 2,000 individuals across the state, including 1,000 who live in Palm Beach County. “Many members of our team have worked for us for over 30 years, and
some for over 40 years,” Russell said. “This is a real family company.” Newell adds that Cheney Brothers also continues to invest in Palm Beach County, improving its existing infrastructure, adding new facilities, increasing the trucks in its fleet and expanding its distribution centers. Besides the main 300,000-square-foot facility in Riviera Beach, Cheney Brothers has multiple satellite facilities housing overflow products within the region. “We are continually reviewing our space needs and expect to add many new distribution facilities in Florida and the Southeast U.S.,” said Newell. Looking ahead, Russell sees a bright future for Cheney Brothers and other transportation and logistics companies in Palm Beach County. “International sales continue to increase, and having the Port of Palm Beach so close to our distribution center adds to our logistical capabilities. We now serve more than 110 different countries and the list keeps growing.”
500,000 Floridians are employed in the wholesale trade, transportation and logistics industry. As a commercial gateway to the Caribbean and Latin America, Palm Beach County’s logistics and distribution industry is poised to grow further with the Panama Canal expansion in 2016 and the numerous infrastructure developments and upgrades underway around the state. 55
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