D'Arrigo Bros Completes 52,000-Sq-Ft Expansion of Cooling Facility
- by Jessica Donnel
SALINAS, CA – Grower and producer D’Arrigo Bros. Co. has announced the completion of a 52,000-sq.-ft. expansion of its cooling facility in Salinas. The updated facility now boasts a total of 152,000-sq.-ft. for its receiving, cooling, and shipping operations.
“This expansion not only allows us to ship greater volumes of our fresh fruits and vegetables but also enables us the opportunity to strategically align with our partners by offering consolidation, cross-dock and commercial cooling programs,” said Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos, D’Arrigo Marketing and Culinary Manager, in a statement.
D’Arrigo said its cooling facility expansion touches on every point of operation with employees and customers. In addition to enhanced campus-wide security and a lounge for truckers, the expansion brings:
- 50 new full-time job positions in receiving, cooling, and shipping
- 15 additional loading bays
- 50 new parking spaces for line trucks
- 5 new modular automated cooling system (MACS) units
“The company’s investment represents our on-going commitment to provide unparalleled service levels to our customers and partners,” said D’Arrigo’s Matt Amaral, Director of Business Development. “Our goal is to enhance our service while meeting our increasing demands of our customers and strategic partners.”
Operations Manager Mark Houle added that D’Arrigo optimized its existing cooler by adding flow-through and drive-through racks, granting a 35 percent increase to the cooler’s productive capacity.
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