ROSEMONT, Ill. – January 2016 will mark the start of an expansion project at US Foods’ Fife, Wash., distribution center. The company announced plans to double the size of the center, which serves independent restaurants, healthcare and hospitality facilities, government and educational institutions throughout Seattle and the surrounding area.

Upgrades will include a kitchen and training center for product demonstrations and customer ideation. Technology also will have a place at the center, where US Foods customers can learn about the company’s mobile apps and web-based business solutions.

“As the vibrant culinary market in Seattle continues to grow, US Foods is positioning itself to continue to be a significant player in the area,” said Matt Reynolds, president, Mountain West Area, US Foods. “Once complete, our expanded facility will allow us to double our capacity for product storage making it easier for us to bring our innovative, on-trend products and tried and true favorites to more customers throughout Seattle and beyond.”

US Foods said the expansion project will include improvements aimed at saving energy. Energy and environmental upgrades include a cascade refrigeration system and energy saving high-output fluorescent and LED lighting. The company added that efforts are underway to use locally sourced and recycled content furnishings and building materials.