ARCO National Construction recently partnered with developer Weston, Inc. to bring much-needed cold storage space to Cleveland. Despite Northeast Ohio being a hub for a multi-billion-dollar food processing industry, the scarcity of temperature-controlled facilities has led many companies to seek distribution space in alternative markets like Columbus or Harrisburg. 

The project, a 156,000-square-foot public refrigerated warehouse, is bringing frozen distribution back to the local market with national and international reach. Located along the region’s Opportunity Corridor, the facility provides customers with a full range of temperature-controlled storage and distribution services.

More than 50% of the facility’s space has already been rented to local companies like Orlando Baking Company and Arlington Valley Farms, both of which were previously moving products to other markets for storage and distribution. Other local, regional, national, and international processors, grocers, and distributors are anticipated to utilize the services of the facility which will be operated by Nor-Am Cold Storage, a top 20 global public refrigerated warehouse. The 16,500-pallet freezer can accommodate shippers of all sizes and requirements. The strategically located facility provides users with easy access to Interstates 77 and 90. 

“ARCO is proud to have been part of this project and help bring much-needed cold storage space to Cleveland,” said Jenna Martini, operating partner for ARCO’s Cleveland division. “As a design-builder with extensive cold storage experience, ARCO was able to help Weston, Inc. navigate strategic design decisions and a challenging construction market to deliver a facility with the best-in-class quality needed to attract a variety of cold storage users. We are grateful to continue our partnership with the Weston, Inc. team.” 

The cold storage facility features 122,000-square-feet of -10° Fahrenheit freezer space with 16,500 pallet positions, a 20,000-square-foot 34° Fahrenheit cold dock, and 10,000-square-feet of dry storage for multi-customer use. Additional features include ALTA refrigeration penthouse units, 36-foot clear height, 16 dock positions, and a 4,000-square-foot office. The facility is scheduled to open March 1. 

About ARCO National Construction
With over 30 years of experience, ARCO National Construction has grown to become a leader in the design-build industry with offices in 42 major markets and over 1,700 associates nationwide. As the 3rd largest design-build general contractor in the United States, ARCO National Construction offers the strength and presence of a national builder with the personalized attention of a small company. ARCO provides clients with complete, turnkey project delivery from site selection to building turnover. With an office in Cleveland, Ohio, ARCO’s professional, qualified team of engineers, project managers, superintendents, and architects is capable of designing and building the most demanding projects anywhere in the country.

About Weston, Inc.
Weston Inc. is a commercial real estate company with millions of square feet of property across the United States. Established in 1972 with the purchase of older industrial real estate, the company today has offices in Cleveland, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky, and encompasses acquisitions, leasing and management services. Weston specializes in identifying and securing customers for industrial warehouse/distribution centers within its portfolio and places an emphasis on outstanding customer service.