Midwest Refrigerated Services (MRS) based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, broke ground on their new regional distribution center in Belvidere, Illinois, on Wednesday, February 14. The new facility will be their second location in Belvidere following the opening of MRS’s first warehouse in the city in September, 2023.  Upon completion, the operation will add 85 new jobs to Belvidere.

Scheduled to open in March of 2025, the fully racked 200,000-square-foot facility will provide over 40,000 pallet positions of refrigerated storage and will employ state-of-the-art layer picking technology.  The 83-acre site is capable of expanding the warehouse footprint to over 1-million square feet.  The site is rail served by the Union Pacific Railroad.

“As a logistics provider, site selection is of utmost importance to provide our customers with the most cost-effective solution to their supply chain needs.  Belvidere, and this site in particular, checks all the boxes” said Mike Pokel, president of Midwest Refrigerated Services. “We are appreciative of the efforts of Mayor Morris and his staff to make this day a reality.  From our initial meeting on, we were welcomed and the challenges of meeting a tight timeline were achieved by their ‘can do’ attitude and approach.”

Consolidated Construction based out of Appleton, Wisconsin, has been contracted to construct the facility.  

About Midwest Refrigerated Services
Midwest refrigerated is a full-service third-party logistics provider serving the needs of the food industry.  Operating out of (10) locations in WI, IL, and IA, MRS provides refrigerated storage and distribution related services as well as refrigerated and frozen LTL and TL transportation services.