Blue Rock Produces Cold Storage Facility for Greenyard USA

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT:
Logan Township, NJ

  • 152,000-square-foot cold storage facility
  • 125,000-square-foot refrigerated warehouse
  • 20,000-square-foot production area
  • 7,000-square-foot, two story office mezzanine
  • 26 cold storage loading dock positions
  • Eight cold storage boxes
Greenyard USA

When Greenyard Logistics, the global market leader in fresh produce, decided to expand its Fresh Division operations into the United States, Blue Rock Construction took charge as the General Contractor.

Within 10 months after breaking ground, Blue Rock delivered a state-of-the-art packing and cold storage facility in LogistiCenter at Logan, a 5.5 million-square-foot industrial park in Logan Township, NJ owned by Dermody Properties and Great Point Investors LLC.

Greenyard USA - 20,000 square feet for production area

“It was a design-build delivery,” said Blue Rock Project Executive Kevin Kelly. “We have a great partnership with the project’s architects, Ruggieri and Partners, and together, along with Greenyard’s consultants, we developed the concept for a building that was all about refrigeration.

“If you look at the time and what the building includes, September to June is, in my opinion, lightning speed.”

The new facility quadruples the square footage, capacity and overall production capability of Greenyard’s previous operations, while significantly adding to the company’s services such as consolidation and controlled atmosphere storage.

Greenyard USA - 26 cold storage loading dock positions

The facility features various temperature modules. The production room is set at a constant 50 degrees; the loading dock at 40 degrees, and the eight storage coolers range from 32 to 38 degrees, depending on the product.

Other facility highlights include:

  • 8,000 pallet positions
  • High-capacity packing lines
  • LED lighting throughout the building

Greenyard USA - 125,000 square feet for cold storage

“This facility is different than your typical warehouse-distribution building,” said Kelly. “There’s a food-safety element that Greenyard needs to promote. They’re judged and based on USDA standards.”

Blue Rock made it a point to use materials and finishes that strongly promoted clean food operations. There was a level of food safety analysis that went into every decision, whether it be very smooth doors, wash room areas and the building’s urethane floor.

“The U.S. is a market of strategic importance for the group where we want to achieve growth, and opening this distribution center is a clear milestone in our growth plans,” said Marleen Vaesen, Greenyard CEO.

Greenyard USA - 1520,000-square-foot cold storage facility

“We enjoyed a very good relationship with Greenyard,” said Kelly. “Throughout the project we found their  team to be very helpful and attentive. Greenyard was a great partner to work with, and hopefully we can team together for more projects.”

Mack Trucks Making Headlines with Blue Rock

 

(Photo: APRIL GAMIZ / THE MORNING CALL)

Big news continues to roll out from Mack Trucks in Macungie, PA.

Last week, The Morning Call newspaper featured the company’s newly remodeled 160,000-square-foot Mack Customer Center.  Blue Rock delivered great work while reconstructing the entry plaza and exterior truck display area.

Click HERE to read the article that also includes an impressive slide show and video.

On Wednesday, September 13, Mack will unveil its “next-generation highway model” to the world.

“This is what all of our work at Macungie has led to,” said Project Manager Tom Gutherman. 

Currently, Blue Rock is busy working on Mack’s 10,800-square-foot Audit Building, which should be completed by the end of October.

In June 2016, Blue Rock began updating Mack’s one-million-square-foot facility that was built in the early 1970s. Three additions to the facility – Southwest (12,400 SF), Southeast (50,308 SF) and East (9,800 SF) – are already substantially completed.