A Madison company is again expanding its cold storage business.
Central Storage & Warehouse Co. has begun construction of a $15 million, 115,000-square-foot freezer facility in the Racine County village of Caledonia.
Located just off of Interstate 94, the facility is expected to be completed by the end of the year to help meet growing demand from area food producers and distributors in Wisconsin and Illinois, said John Winegarden, CEO of the company that has its headquarters along Cottage Grove Road on Madison's East Side.
“We are proud to have earned the reputation as supply-chain experts in the Milwaukee and Chicago-area food industry," Winegarden said in a release announcing the project. "We look forward to continuing to help our customers grow their businesses with this expanded service capacity.”
The new facility will operate at 0 degrees Fahrenheit and employ 10 to 12 people. The state-of-the-art building will include computer-controlled refrigeration, cool-roof technology, energy-saving dock design and high-efficiency insulation to minimize environmental impact, Winegarden said.
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The Caledonia project is the eighth in the last 10 years for Central Storage and increases its capacity to 25 million cubic feet of storage and 100 employees. In 2016, Central Storage opened a $2.5 million, 1,600-square-foot, three-story freezer that operates at 70 below zero. The facility was built inside of 58,000-square-foot, zero degree freezer in the Kenosha County community of Pleasant Praire and is being used to prolong the shelf life of ingredients for the dairy industry.
The company's other six facilities primarily serve the food and beverage industry and include dry storage at 60 degrees, refrigerated space at 40 degrees, super-chilled facilities at 28 degrees, frozen at zero and ice cream freezers that hold at minus 20.
Central Storage has also been adding solar technology to its facilities. In late 2016, the company became Wisconsin’s largest rooftop solar provider at that time with the installation of a 741 kilowatt system at its Madison location and earlier this year added over 2,800 solar panels to its Pleasant Prairie facility to bring the company's total to 1.49 megawatts. The additions are expected to save almost $200,000 per year in electrical costs, Winegarden said.
Founded in 1947, Central Storage also has facilities in Wausau, Eau Claire and Manteno, Illinois.