JUNE 4, 2018 - VOL. 54 No. 8

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Construction begins for first tenant in Foundation Park

A rendering depicts the 205,000 square foot Win Chill, LLC warehouse and distribution center. The facility is currently under construction at Foundation Park.

Interest from clients is driving one of Sioux Falls' newest companies to an aggressive construction schedule. Win Chill, LLC recently purchased a 54-acre site in Foundation Park in northwest Sioux Falls from the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. Dirt work is currently underway at the site.

The company announced its plan in early May to build a 205,000 square foot full-service refrigerated foods warehouse and distribution center in Foundation Park. The site offers plenty of room for future expansion. The new Win Chill building is being constructed by Gil Haugan Construction of Sioux Falls with freezer technology experts Tippmann Innovation providing technical support. The structure will be expandable to about 600,000 square feet.

Responding to a need in the marketplace, Win Chill was created by investments from Legacy Developments; RLM, LLC; Alyce-Gil, LLC; Strongbox, LLC; and Freeze One, LLC, which will provide management services for the $40 million distribution facility. Win Chill expects the building to be operational by early spring of 2018. The company plans to employ 30 to 35 individuals in the first phase of operation.

"Win Chill connects the links in the refrigerated food supply chain for our region," said company spokesman Norm Drake. "With 7.7 million cubic feet of freezer and refrigerated capacity, this full-service facility will offer blast freezing, tempering, material handling and complete inbound and export rail service at the site through BNSF Railway."

The building will use state-of-the-art loading docks in conjunction with high-speed doors within the warehouse to accommodate large volumes of refrigerated truckloads to support food manufacturing customers in a four-state region. Important services of the Win Chill facility include the QF+ In-Rack Freezing system, a blast freezing technology created by Tippmann Innovations, which will freeze pallets up to four times faster than traditional blast freezers while reducing energy consumption up to 50 percent.

Win Chill's decision to build at Foundation Park will launch the development park and initiate all aspects of necessary infrastructure construction. Marion Road will be extended and paved out to the park this fall, along with half of Foundation Court. All utilities, fiber optic cable, water and sanitary sewer will be extended within the next year. Win Chill's operation will fully utilize the rail service provided by BNSF Railway, so the Development Foundation is moving forward with the master rail plan. That means streets, utilities and rail service not just for Win Chill, but also for several other companies actively interested in Foundation Park sites, according to Development Foundation Vice President of Economic Development Dean Dziedzic.

"Companies are really talking about Foundation Park," he said. "I've met with several business executives interested in the possibility of a Foundation Park site, but until the Win Chill project pushed forward the infrastructure improvements, we weren't able to specify a timeline for build-ready site availability. Now we can plan ahead for other projects in Foundation Park."

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