Blue Rock Produces Cold Storage Facility for Greenyard USA

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.”

Great News for Dr. Tom Catena, “The Heart of Nuba”

Back in October, the inaugural Blue Rock Golf Outing helped raise over $77,000 to benefit Dr. Tom Catena and his life-saving mission in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan.

Today, we’re happy to give you an update that includes some great news from filmmaker Ken Carlson, producer of the documentary, “The Heart of Nuba.” 

As for the documentary, “The Heart of Nuba” secured a domestic theatrical release and will premiere at the United Nations on April 6. There’s also a two-year U.S. licensing deal with Hulu.

Also, Catholics in Media Associates unanimously voted “The Heart of Nuba” as the first recipient of the CIMA Social Justice Award. The ceremony takes place March 16.

According to Ken, the film reached Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the man responsible for the genocides over his 26-year reign. After screening the documentary, the president called for a ceasefire in the Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile State. So far, the ceasefire has lasted one year (February 2017).

In September, Ken interviewed al-Bashir, and it’s been cut into the film’s ending.

“So far, we have amassed over 70 non-government agencies in our Human Rights Coalition, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Act for Sudan, and Project Enough,” said Ken. “By the way, not only have we raised awareness, we have collected over $300,000 for Dr. Tom Catena and the Mother of Mercy Hospital! All of this has helped to keep al-Bashir’s proverbial feet to the fire, if you will.”

As for Dr. Tom, he continues to fight the good fight at Mother of Mercy Hospital. Last year, Dr. Tom was award the prestigious $1 Million Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, recognizing the thousands of lives he has saved.

Thanks again to everyone that helped organize and participate in the golf outing. We’ll keep you posted when we announce the date for the second annual Blue Rock Golf Outing.

If you missed the photos from last year’s golf outing, they’re still available by clicking HERE.