Looking back on what we’ll call 2020 B.C. (Before Coronavirus), the pipeline for cold storage construction was already robust and healthy. According to research by commercial real estate firm CBRE, overall industrial construction—which encompasses cold storage, along with warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing facilities, self-storage, office and flex space—was at 298 million square feet (MSF) before COVID-19, bolstered by the ongoing rise of e-commerce.
While the primary focus has been Tyson Foods’ beef and pork operations, it is now being expanded to the company’s poultry business.
April 5, 2018
Tyson Foods, Inc., Springdale, Ark., and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), Washington, D.C., are expanding collaborative efforts to make workplace safety improvements at the company’s food processing plants.
Moving forward, the Goodyear operation will be identified as Wildeck West and its products will be supplied through a growing number of Wildeck material handling dealers and systems integrators across the United States.
November 17, 2017
Wildeck, Inc., Waukesha, Wis., announced the full integration of its subsidiary, Ladder Industries, based in Goodyear, Ariz.
To improve its safety record, Smithfield embarked on a side-by-side comparison pilot of two video-based safety systems in its vehicles across the country.
October 26, 2017
Smithfield Foods, Inc., Smithfield, Va., deployed the SmartDrive video-based safety program from SmartDrive Systems, San Diego, Calif., across its entire fleet of nearly 600 Armour and Eckrich branded refrigerated box trucks.
Safe Fleet, Belton, Mo., acquired FleetMind Solutions, Inc., a Canada-based provider of “smart truck” solutions, including onboard computing (OBC) systems that enable waste and recycling fleets to link their drivers and vehicles to business operations in real-time to ensure improved safety, productivity, sustainability and customer service.
SmartDrive Systems, San Diego, Calif., introduced the SmartDrive SmartChoice Program, what is said to be the only video-based safety program that provides fleets the freedom to choose the level of video protection that best aligns with their specific business priorities and needs.
Check out the September 2020 edition of Refrigerated & Frozen Foods: Cold storage construction and COVID-19, how foodservice is adapting to coronavirus challenges, SugarCreek, 2020 cold storage construction guide & directory and much more!