DELPHI — Indiana Packers Corp. has begun operating out of its new $30 million, 125,000-square-foot cold storage distribution center this month, alongside its existing pork-production plant in Delphi.
Construction of the project was completed in November.
“We’re thrilled this expansion is complete,” Russ Yearwood said in a news release. President and chief operating officer of Indiana Packers, Yearwood said the facility represents improvement of Indiana Packers' supply chain and distribution.
The new distribution center increases Indiana Packers’ total square footage by about 20 percent, according to the release, and will make possible improved logistics, expedite delivery capabilities and mark another major milestone in Indiana Packers’ 26 years.
Key to the project were several infrastructure improvements, including a traffic study and roadway reconstruction, enabling Indiana Packers to optimize its existing property, according to the release.
The infrastructure improvements were a result of collaboration between Indiana Packers and groups like the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation, the Carroll County Redevelopment Commission and the Carroll White Rural Electric Membership Corp. (REMC), which offered rebates for incorporating energy-efficient design into the new distribution center.
As a result, Indiana Packers incorporated automatic palletizing and sorting in the new facility, according to the release.
The new cold storage plant came close on the heels of a $40 million expansion to bacon production facilities.