McLane Mid-Atlantic Celebrates 50 Years

September 12, 2023

Photo of McLane Mid Atlantic teammates in front of a tractor trailer celebrating the facility's 50th anniversary.

McLane recently marked the 50th anniversary of its Mid-Atlantic distribution center in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The anniversary was observed with an event on Sept. 8 celebrating the facility’s history and contribution to the area economy with remarks by company leaders, elected officials, and current and former teammates.

“We are proud to recognize this milestone and reflect on the innovation, dedication and excellence that has made McLane Mid-Atlantic what it is today,” said Tony Frankenberger, president and CEO of McLane. “Its success has been made possible by the hard work and dedication of our teammates, the partnership of our customers and suppliers and the support of the communities we serve.”

McLane Mid-Atlantic originally opened in 1973 as Southland Distribution Center, preparing and delivering orders to convenience store locations in the region until McLane Company, Inc. acquired Southland Corporation in 1992. The distribution center now delivers candy, snack, health and beauty, cold and frozen grocery items and additional products to retail customers including leading convenience stores and military exchanges. Each year, Mid-Atlantic drivers drive 3.5 million miles and make more than 30,000 deliveries of nearly 264 million pounds of merchandise across five states.

McLane Mid-Atlantic currently employs nearly 650 teammates who have an average tenure of 12 years. Sixty-nine teammates were originally Southland employees, and 250 teammates have worked at the distribution center for more than 10 years, including division president Jackie Palmer.

“I am incredibly proud of the tenure of our teammates, the pride and care they exhibit for our facility, and their unwavering commitment to delivering the best for our customers,” said Palmer. “With gratitude for the past and excitement for the future, I look forward to continuing this remarkable journey and success together.”

In addition to being a longstanding employer of choice for the region, McLane Mid-Atlantic has given back to the community and supported a range of organizations including the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and area schools. The McLane Mid-Atlantic Pep Squad, a group of volunteer teammates, has spearheaded many of the projects to support their neighbors in need.

“We would like to congratulate McLane Mid-Atlantic for their 50 years of business in Stafford County. McLane Mid-Atlantic has been a true asset to the region, delivering products to a multitude of local convenience and grocery stores, providing hundreds of jobs to our residents, and serving as a community steward participating in local organizations and charities. We look forward to your continued success – thank you for investing in our county, and congratulations on 50 years of business!” remarked Thomas Coen, Vice Chairman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors.