Southern Foods, a Greensboro, N.C.-based affiliate of Cheney Brothers, Inc., announced plans to move into a larger, more modern and more efficient facility in Greensboro, N.C.

A M King, Charlotte, N.C., is handling the renovation of an 88,000-square-foot unfinished precast concrete building that will house Southern Foods’ meat, seafood and cheese processing operations.

“The message of this project is powerful,” says Jami Lloyd, architectural designer for A M King. “We can do just as much with a building and parts of a building already in place than we can starting from scratch.”

This facility is larger than Southern Foods’ current facility, and will allow the company to handle larger volumes. In addition, the modern facility will save money in repairs, maintenance and overall cost of production.

“My excitement is unmeasurable as we move forward into a new facility that will enable us to expand our offerings, to both our growing customer base, as well as the public with our cash and carry outlet,” says Bill Mutton, president of Southern Foods. “The new building will also facilitate prolonged long-term growth and provide our employees with opportunities for advancement.”

The scope of work includes approximately 14,250 square feet of dry storage; 13,500-square-foot food processing areas; 12,660-square-foot office mezzanine; 11,585 square feet of freezers; and 11,429 square feet of coolers/dock. The facility will also include nearly 5,000 square feet of dry dock and fish dock areas. It will be fitted with 26-foot clear height racking, a test kitchen, dry meat age room, cheese processing room and express purchasing for the general public.