Food and beverage distributor Ben E. Keith is looking to expand its south Fort Worth operation.
The 185,000-square-foot expansion would bring more than 280 new jobs to the warehouse in the Carter Industrial Park. Ben E. Keith plans to invest $22 million in construction, of which at least $3 million would go to Fort Worth-based companies, said Michael Hennig with Fort Worth’s economic development department.
The Fort Worth City Council on Feb. 17 will consider a seven-year tax abatement worth 50 percent of the property’s improved value.
That abatement comes with an agreement Ben E. Keith will spend at least $900,000 with Fort Worth supplies and use minority- and women-owned businesses for at least 15 percent of the construction, Hennig said.
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The abatement equals an estimated $877,000 over the seven-year term.
Ben E. Keith has been based in Fort Worth since its inception in 1906. Anheuser-Busch InBev products as well as craft beers like Deep Ellum, Founders and Lagunitas are distributed through Ben E. Keith. The company also handles a variety of food service products.