Cheney Brothers, Inc. (CBI), Rivera Beach, Fla., expanded its Statesville, N.C., distribution center.

The 30-acre, 169,338-square-foot cold storage addition, built by A M King, Charlotte, N.C., allows the company to expand its refrigeration capabilities and brings the total building square footage to 265,000 square foot. And, it’s estimated to add more than 100 full-time jobs.

L-based food distributor, was founded in 1925. In 2016, the company purchased Pate Dawson Co., thereby acquiring three distribution facilities in Statesville, Goldsboro and Greensboro, NC. The goal is to significantly extend its reach north. Brands include Duck Deli, Acento Latino, Fronte, Belgium Nuts, Cheney Brothers Estate and Grand Western Steaks.

The expansion incorporate a state-of-the art penthouse refrigeration system zoned to support numerous interior temperature zones; robotic truck wash center; fueling station; guardhouse; new fire protection systems and a complex site-work package. The Keith Corp., Charlotte, N.C., served as program manager.

The project also included renovation of a 34,686-square-foot existing dry warehouse;, conversion of a 37,388-square-foot existing cold storage space to ambient temperature storage; development of a 2,000-square-foot, full commercial test kitchen; construction of a new interior office mezzanine and 25 new dock doors; installation of a 2,000 kW 480V 3-phase generator and a complete LED light overhaul. A M King used 900 tons of steel and 7.534 cubic yards of concrete during the expansion and renovation, all while assisting the client with maintaining ongoing operations.

 It’s been great working with TKC as an existing client and CBI as a new client on this exceptional food distribution center,” says Dan Crist, vice president of A M King. “We are excited to be a part of CBI’s growth in the region and building a first-class distribution center to serve new and existing clients.”

“It was a pleasure partnering with A M King,” says Warren Newell, director of development for Cheney Brothers. “We look forward to the next project in Greensboro, N.C., which will start in just a few short weeks.”