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Mission Produce expands distribution centers

Having completed a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion of its Mexican packing facility last year, Mission Produce Inc., based in Oxnard, CA, recently announced the completion of significant renovation and expansion projects at two of its U.S. ripening and distribution centers this year.

Mission is a global avocado packer-shipper, sourcing from all over the world, with eight ripening and distribution centers in the United States and Canada. Distribution centers in Atlanta and Chicago demanded attention because volume was growing and they did not have adequate space to keep up with demand.

Construction at the distribution center in Atlanta ran from January to July. The seven-month job more than doubled the cold-storage pallet space, added two new Thermal Tech ripening rooms and two new shipping docks. The entire facility was equipped with state-of-the-art security and technology, which allows Ray Tomlinson, plant manager, to monitor and adjust things like temperature from remote locations.

“The advancements give me more of a peace of mind,” Mr. Tomlinson said in a press release. “I can easily monitor readings throughout the facility, and if there’s a problem, I can solve it almost instantly.”

Mission’s updated Chicago distribution center was up and running in August after two months of construction. The renovation doubled the ripening capacity and capabilities.

The Chicago facility also received five times the amount of cold-storage space than it originally had and can now handle up to 3,000 pallets.