Index Fresh will build new distribution and cold storage facility

Worldwide avocado marketer, Index Fresh, along with builder Tippmann Innovation, held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. for the new distribution and cold storage facility, located in the city-backed Pharr Produce Park at 1100 W. Capote Central Ave., Pharr, TX 78577. The new 60,000 square foot facility will feature 2,600 pallet positions, ten ripening rooms, a bagging and repackaging area, and nine dock doors, all in a temperature-controlled environment. The state-of-the-art facility will have a positive impact on the local economy due to employment opportunities and serving as an anchor for Pharr Produce Park. Index Fresh, based in Bloomington, California, is a worldwide marketer of avocados, sourcing from all major growing regions around the globe, including Mexico. When the company was looking for the ideal location to expand its southwest distribution, they were drawn to Pharr. Dana Thomas, president and CEO of Index Fresh, explains, "We were interested in Pharr's proximity to the border for our Mexico imports. The city was wonderful in working with us."   Pharr, TX, which is located less than 3 miles to the east of McAllen, TX serves as one of the primary entry points for produce entering the U.S. from Mexico. Tippmann Innovation, a leader in the planning and building of cold storage facilities, worked with Index Fresh to design a modern, efficient ripening and storage facility that leaves room for future expansions. "Index Fresh has experienced double-digit growth over the past five years. This was a major consideration during planning. It was important for us to allow for future growth without slowing down production," says Rob Adams of  Tippmann Innovation. He also points out that the building's innovative layout will enable Index Fresh to ripen and store more fruit with a smaller footprint than previous facilities. The facility, which is the first to break ground in Pharr Produce Park, is slated for completion in late fall of this year.   Read More

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