A Kansas beef packing plant plans to build a new refrigerated distribution center totaling $35 million.
The announcement of the new distribution center was made by Creekstone Farms Premium Beef LLC on Oct. 22. The warehouse will be at the beef packer’s Arkansas City, Kan. facility.
Creekstone’s distribution center will be a total of 41,334 square feet, consisting of a 35,311-square-foot main floor footprint and 6,023-square-foot mezzanine area. There will be automated storage and retrieval systems installed that can handle 27,000 boxes in a nine-hour day with more than 37,000 box storage locations.
“This new distribution center will help our company manage our expanding business and ensure that we continue to meet our customers’ service level expectations,” says Kazunobu Nomura, Creekstone president and CEO.
“This major investment by the Marubeni Group shows the commitment that Creekstone’s parent company has in Creekstone Farms, its employees and customers. We are very excited to get this project completed as it will be a catalyst allowing for growth to meet our customer demands,” Nomura says.
Integral Strategic Solutions will handle construction of the facility with a team that includes Kuecker Logistics Group, Weitz Company Inc., Interstate and Schemmer Associates, Inc.
The new distribution center is slated to be fully operational in the fall of 2019.
Creekstone Farms is the 12th largest beef packer in the country and processes a line of Black Angus Beef and also markets Duroc Pork. The Kansas-based packer was purchased by Japanese trading house Marubeni Group in July 2017.