Bob’s Red Mill plans to open a new distribution center in Clackamas County during the next few months, expanding its local operation.

The employee-owned producer of whole grain and gluten-free foods said the expansion would free space at its world headquarters building, which would be used to expand production of whole grain products.

The company expects to open the new Bob's Red Mill World Distribution Center in January about two miles from the Bob’s Red Mill world headquarters in Milwaukie. It has secured a 125,000-square-foot facility, with options for additional adjoining space, and will move all storage and distribution to the new building. The move was driven by a need for additional raw commodity storage space and anticipated production growth during the next five years, according to Bob Moore, founder, president and chief executive officer of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods.

“When we moved into our current world headquarters in 2007, we anticipated the space would meet our needs for 10 to 15 years,” Moore said. “But we’ve just been going like gangbusters, and already we need this additional space to meet the increasing worldwide customer demand.”

The new distribution center is large enough to warehouse 11,000 pallets. It offers easy truck access, with more than 30 loading docks and proximity to Interstate 205, as well as a railway connection.

The expansion will add another 70,000 square feet of production and packaging space to the headquarters facility, more than tripling its size. In all, the company’s headquarters has a total of 480,000 square feet of manufacturing, distribution, retail and storage space.

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