The Golden Gate Produce Market, a South San Francisco-based produce terminal, completed a major upgrade to its facility.

The enhancements include installation of solar panels from Vista Solar, Santa Clara, Calif., energy efficiency upgrades, upgraded electronic, water and sewage systems, improved cold chain food storage management and worker safety systems, including better lighting and loading dock safeguards as well as smoother traffic flow within the facility, which is a mile from San Francisco International Airport on Highway 101.

"The improvements to the Golden Gate Produce Market set the stage for our continued success for decades to come," says Peter Carcione, president. "These investments expand our capability to deliver the highest-quality fruits, vegetables and specialty produce to deliver to business and consumers across Northern California."

The 742,000-square-foot facility employs 475 workers, and 23 independent and family-owned businesses operate at the market, including wholesalers, jobbers, commission merchants, brokers, foodservice distributors, processors and one restaurant. More than 15 million packages move through the market each year.