Golden State Foods (GSF), Irvine, Calif., selected SafeConnect electric standby connection system for its new 158,000-square-foot distribution center in McCook, Ill. GSF SafeConnect plug in system

This “plug-in” system allows GSF to safely and efficiently power its hybrid refrigerated transportation fleet while reducing both its carbon footprint and consumption of diesel fuel. SafeConnect’s intelligent docking stations and smart plugs will also protect GSF associates from accidental drive-offs and the hazards of coming in contact with high voltage electricity. In the event of an accidental drive-away, SafeConnect’s unique quick-release connection system and patented failsafe safety-circuit design will self-disconnect upon sensing tension and instantly cut off the power flow at the source control box, safeguarding both personnel and infrastructure. Manufactured by Atlantic Dynamics, Portland, Maine, SafeConnect is compatible with both straight trucks and trailers and is available in dock and stanchion-mount variants for any voltage/amperage need.

The state-of-the-art distribution center was designed to be 40% more energy efficient than comparable buildings and features technologies and designs such as hydrogen-powered fork trucks, clear panel windows, LED lighting, rainwater for irrigation purposes and a highly efficient Cascade refrigeration system.

The new building now serves more than 460 McDonald’s customers in the Chicago and Northwest Indiana market and will be the first center within GSF and the McDonald’s distribution community to be LEED Gold certified.