Kenosha Facility Leads Midwest Expansion

Gourmet Foods International, Atlanta-based distributor of specialty foods, broke ground on a Kenosha, Wisconsin distribution center in 2016. To better support the growing business in the Midwest region, company leaders added a 35,000-square-foot expansion to the distribution center.

The facility expansion required a cold storage building envelope solution with fast delivery, flexible design options and easy long-term maintenance.

Versatility Wins

The project team selected TrueCore CF Mesa insulated metal panels in White Poly for ceiling, exterior and interior panels. Crews installed a total of 107,000 square feet of panels in 4”- and 5”-widths over a twelve-week span. The 5” panels completed a specialty -10-degree freezer. Four-inch panels were used to complete all coolers and the exterior pony wall.

“Selecting a panel that could be used on the interior and exterior was a unique aspect of the project, but TrueCore delivered with a fast and easy installation,” said Vince Free, president of FREEZ Construction. “The ease of working with the TrueCore team made this process simple. From purchase order to internal customer service, the line of communication was always on point.”

CF Mesa panels feature increased thermal insulation value with a flattened appearance, making them the ideal choice for cooler and freezer applications. CF Mesa eliminates thermal short circuits, a crucial factor in obtaining a more energy-efficient building envelope.  Mesa panels can be used in a variety of widths and thicknesses making them a versatile choice for interior and exterior cladding solutions.

The renovation was completed in September 2021.

Installer: FREEZ Constructions

Architect: Performa

Contractor: Choate Construction