The new facility is being constructed on a 15-acre parcel at 8901 W. 47th St. in McCook, a well-positioned transportation corridor within the near west suburbs of Chicago. Golden State Foods will relocate from its current operations in Lemont and Bolingbrook into this modern, expanded space following completion of the facility in May 2014.
Golden State Foods is a diversified supplier to the food service industry, serving 50+ customers and 25,000-plus restaurants from three continents. Founded in 1947, the $5.7 billion company is values based with proven performance in superior quality and customer service in both manufacturing and distribution. With approximately 4,500 employees worldwide, GSF’s core businesses include: processing and distribution of liquid products, meat products, produce, dairy and other services, providing a variety of networked solutions for the total supply chain spectrum.
The contemporary facility will feature a two-story, 17,550-square-foot office component, while 135,120 square feet will be devoted to warehouse/distribution space with a cross-dock configuration and 40-foot clear height. The construction will incorporate 52 truck docks, 54,000 square feet of dry storage space and a separate on-site maintenance building. The new Golden State Foods freezer/cooler area will feature a cascade refrigeration system that maintains 14,040 square feet of cooler storage at 34° F, 23,400 square feet of freezer storage at 10° F and 28,080 square feet of cooler dock staging at 34° F. The facility is being constructed to meet LEED-Gold Certification standards.
Trevor Ragsdale, managing director, head of industrial brokerage – Chicago and Kris Bjorson, international director, of Jones Lang LaSalle represented Golden State Foods in the site acquisition and build-to-suit transaction. Rick Steger, senior vice president, and Bradley Wood, vice president of the Project and Development Services Group also of Jones Lang LaSalle are providing construction management services for the facility. Ware Malcomb Architects is serving as project architect for the build-to-suit project.