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Fred Usingers, Inc. – Milwaukee, WI

ESI Group USA (ESI) began their partnership with Usinger’s back in 1993 when ESI designed and built a 22,000 square-foot distribution center in Milwaukee’s Florida Yards business park. A 50,000 square-foot addition for processing followed in 2003; which included raw processing, thermal processing, and ready-to-eat packaging operations. In 2016, a second expansion totaling 51,324 square feet was added to the existing facility to support manufacturing operations. Usinger’s produces many kinds of sausages and meats, in many cases using traditional 19th-century recipes. The facility was designed to support both raw product and frozen product.

Meat & Poultry Magazine featured Usinger’s, a family-owned sausage business whose four generations strong in their November 2018 edition.  View the full article here.

Project portfolio:

  • Support, welfare and office areas of 10,785 square feet
  • 21,091 square foot new warehouse
  • Cooler area of 5,107 square feet
  • Packaging area and transfer corridor 8,259 square feet
  • Cook area of 4,911 square feet
  • 1,171 square foot shipping and receiving dock

Design elements:

  • Central ammonia refrigeration utilizing reciprocating compressors
  • Recirculated glycol utilizing waste heat from refrigeration system for underfloor warming
  • Insulated metal panel wall construction
  • TPO mechanically fastened roof system with varying R-value
  • Combination wet/dry pre-action pipe fire protection system


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