3 Ways to Manage D/B Projects Amid Shortages

Manage Projects with Rising costs. Transportation backlogs. Labor shortages. Time delays. Supply chain troubles. All of which are plaguing the design/build industry, and ultimately trickle down to food facility owners looking to build or expand facilities. “Product availability, lead times …
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ESI Navigates Rising Costs for PFG Expansion

Performance Food Group (PFG) selected ESI to design and construct a 152,623-foot expansion to its Reinhart facility in Mount Pleasant, PA. This includes freezer space, cooler space, refrigerated dock, dry warehouse, a truck maintenance facility, and related site improvements. The …
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Speculative Cold Storage

Speculative Cold Storage is Hot

Growing demand for refrigerated cold storage space, along with increasing investor interest and better understanding of how to build these facilities, is spurring speculative cold storage development. Today, retrofitting traditional warehouses may be an advantageous way to capitalize on the …
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Refrigeration Skid Package

Converting Dry Storage to a Cold DC

Grocery supplier C&S Wholesale Grocers of Troutdale, OR, tasked ESI Group USA with converting an existing 75,908 sq. ft. of speculative dry storage into a refrigerated distribution center, with a refrigerated dock, both of which needed to operate at 35℉. …
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Multishuttle AS/RS

Automation Systems Promote Safety And Improved Performance

Food processing plants, warehouses, and distribution cen­ters see the value in robotics and automation and are ex­pected to invest $14.3 billion by 2025 in automation and tech­nology. Driving this spend is the need to address a shrinking labor force, accommodate …
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Designing and Building

Designing and Building in the Midst of a Pandemic

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt daily life, food plants must continue working to figure out a way to keep producing safely. COVID-19 poses the biggest threat to workers whose jobs require close contact, creating new challenges that the food industry …
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Integrating “Smart” Technologies into Your Design-Build is a Must

Smart technologies that address the growing desire for decreased operating costs, a reduction in energy consumption, and improved equipment life cycles are essential as food processors pursue LEED-certification. Partnering with a design-build engineering firm can bring energy-efficiency options and alternatives …
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Project Planning for the Uncontrollable

Project Planning for the Uncontrollable The promise of shorter timelines and lower costs has made design-build the dominant model in industrial construction. But both time and budget are subject to uncontrollable circumstances like extreme weather, labor shortages, and trade war …
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Cut overhead costs

A siphonic roof drainage system is less expensive, more effective. The best money-saving ideas don’t have to be new – they just have to be new to your operation. In fact, ESI Design is introducing U.S. food plant and ware­house …
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ESI Fall 2019 Newsletter

Going the Extra Mile in the Design-Build of a Food Facility

How special efforts in the planning phases of a food facility project can help control costs down the line. Today’s design-build projects go beyond steel-and-beam projects. With consumers wanting more transparency and more accountability from food and beverage companies, sustainable …
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Managing Food Facility Project Costs

Whether building a greenfield project or renovating an existing food facility, construction costs can skyrocket. While some extra expenses can be completely out of a business’ control, there are many aspects of a design-build project to be aware of that …
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How Frick’s Quality Meats Controlled Costs

Frick’s Quality Meats is a fifth-generation family-owned meat processing company known for its artisan-style, value-added products, such as its hickory smoked ham cured with real cane sugar.  The company recently worked with ESI Group USA to add additional space to …
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