If you’re from Michigan, you know GFS. From party platters to those impossibly delicious lava cakes (if you know you know), they’re a staple for all Michiganders. For us at E3M, Gordon Food Service is a lot more than just a store. We’ve had the privilege of working with them over the years, and it’s been an honor to partner with the team at GFS!

As far north as Escanaba, all the way down to the Key West, GFS has over 140 stores in 10 different states. While they are based in Michigan, they’ve grown far beyond the Mitten State over the years. 

E3M began our relationship with GFS with a need for improving lighting energy savings in their stores. You know that freezer aisle? Every freezer & refrigerator is outfitted with LED lights. If you’re reading this post, you already know that meant a big energy savings for GFS.

Fast forward to today, our relationship with the GFS team has deepened far beyond lighting. As their MEP Engineering partner, we are an extension of the GFS team, helping to guide and develop new standards for remodels and new store builds all over the country. Whether we’re working to improve their energy efficiency in their refrigeration systems, or consulting on new builds and remodels, we’re able to provide a deep understanding of what the team at GFS expects, and what really works well in their stores.

As consultants, we bring a fresh outside perspective, while also having a long lasting relationship with GFS that has been built on years of communication and trust. Their team is incredibly forward thinking. They’re open to new ideas, and are often saying “just because that’s how we’ve done it in the past, doesn’t mean it’s set in stone.” With our foundation of trust, we’re able to bring new ideas to help improve efficiency, and they’re a team constantly improving and growing.

Since starting our work with GFS, we have helped them save nearly 2,000,000 kWh per year. That equals over 257 homes’ electrical use for a year or over 3,500,000 miles driven by cars. Talk about reducing your carbon footprint!

We’ll take a deeper dive into more specifics of our projects over the years in later posts, but today, we just want to highlight that piece of Human Impact. Communication and trust are integral to what we do with GFS, and all of our other clients. We take pride in building those trusting relationships so that we can better serve our clients, and make a longer lasting human impact.

Whether you are looking for ways to improve your lighting systems, or want to talk through your design plans for your new build, we’d love to build that Human Impact with you!

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