Worldwide avocado marketer, Index Fresh, along with builder Tippmann Innovation, held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 6, 2017 at <span class="xn-chron">10:00 a.m.</span> for the new distribution and cold storage facility, located in the city-backed Pharr Produce Park at 1100 W. Capote Central Ave., <span class="xn-location">Pharr, TX</span> 78577.
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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 <span class="xn-location">Bloomington, California</span>, is a worldwide marketer of avocados, sourcing from all major growing regions around the globe, including <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span>. When the company was looking for the ideal location to expand its southwest distribution, they were drawn to <span class="xn-location">Pharr</span>. <span class="xn-person">Dana Thomas</span>, president and CEO of Index Fresh, explains, "We were interested in <span class="xn-location">Pharr's</span> proximity to the border for our <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span> imports. The city was wonderful in working with us." Pharr, TX, which is located less than 3 miles to the east of <span class="xn-location">McAllen, TX</span> serves as one of the primary entry points for produce entering the U.S. from <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span>.
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 <span class="xn-person">Rob Adams</span> 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.
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The facility, which is the first to break ground in Pharr Produce Park, is slated for completion in late fall of this year.
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