General Produce and Buzz Oates Break Ground on Sacramento, California, Metro Park Site Development
- by Melissa De Leon Chavez
SACRAMENTO, CA - For the Sacramento-based team at ANUK, seeing our neighbors grow in the area is extremely exciting. General Produce Company has done just this, recently signing a lease for a new warehouse. The distributor is partnering with Buzz Oates to build a brand-new, state-of-the-art refrigerated warehouse at Sacramento’s Metro Air Park. This will position the company for future growth, and the new facility will enable it to take advantage of the additional space by broadening its product mix and expanding its customer base.
“We are excited to begin the next phase of growth by designing a state-of-the-art refrigerated facility and office complex that will enable future growth, provide the highest level of food safety, and allow us to capitalize on newer warehouse technologies. This is an exciting time for all of our dedicated employees and loyal customers. It’s been 87 years in the making, and we are excited about this new chapter in our long, storied history,” says Jeff Sacchini, CEO.
Sacchini fostered a strong business relationship with the Buzz Oates organization as the company was eyeing its growth strategy and future. Having numerous new construction projects under his belt, he was eager to partner with a company that has the experience to execute and build a refrigerated warehouse with uncompromised quality, as stated in a press release.
The almost nine-acre site is ideal from a logistical perspective as the company delivers perishable products 300 miles to the North and 200 miles to the South.
“Breaking ground on this new warehouse and office space will take us well into the next several decades,” said Dan Chan, a company Partner and third-generation family member. “It’s exciting to partner with Buzz Oates on this project with the ability to tailor the warehouse and adjoining office layout to fit our specific needs. In the past, we’ve adapted three different properties to accommodate our employees, customers, and logistics. It’s been a seamless planning process so far. Now, we get to move on to the next exciting phase. Actual construction and then a final move-in will occur sometime in the fall of 2021.”
General Produce covers the Bay Area and Western Nevada, serving foodservice, retail, military, and export customers throughout the West and beyond.
Tom Chan, Dan’s Partner, also commented on the deal.
“We’ve had the opportunity to scout various existing buildings and undeveloped sites with the Buzz Oates team,” he said. “After our long tenure in downtown Sacramento, we knew we wanted to remain close to this vicinity and to the main freeway corridors. We’ve accomplished this in what we think is the ideal fit, Sacramento’s Metro Air Park. Dan and I have set a new course for General Produce. It began in 2019, with the hiring of CEO Jeff Sacchini. Under his keen leadership and broad experience, we’re realizing the family’s dream of building and operating in one of the finest produce facilities on the west coast.”
Congratulations to General Produce on this exciting expansion!