Charlotte, NC.– A M King, an integrated Design-Build firm, has completed construction of a new cold storage distribution center for Escondido, CA-based avocado producer Henry Avocado Corporation. The project allows the company to expand its operations on the East Coast, providing a new supply chain of high-quality avocados to restaurants, food distributors and grocery stores.
Henry Avocado Corporation is a year-round marketer and distributor of custom-ripened, fresh, conventional and organic avocados sourced from California, Mexico, Peru and Chile. The original Henry farm in San Diego County has been in continuous avocado production since 1925. Through the years the company pioneered custom ripening of avocados, planted and promoted the Hass variety and introduced certified organic avocados to the product line.
A M King finished conversion of an existing leased warehouse space into a 25,000-square foot cold storage distribution center. The building, located at 4045 Perimeter West Drive, includes a mix of forced air rooms, cooler storage space for produce, loading docks and a mechanical equipment room. The refrigeration system design allows for future expansion that includes a compressor rack and condenser, refrigeration pipe sizes, electrical panels and load calculations, and isolation valves at expansion points. LED lighting and VFDs (Variable Frequency Drives) were installed to reduce energy consumption and increase operating efficiency.
“We are very thankful that Henry Avocado Corporation chose to partner with A M King for design and construction of their new distribution center in Charlotte, NC,” says JD Boone, A M King Project Manager. “There was a high level of coordination needed to understand and properly implement the client’s custom ripening process. This unique design married well with A M King’s Design-Build process and ultimately lead to a successful project that finished ahead of schedule and on budget.”
This facility has the ability to distribute approximately 300,000 custom-ripened fresh avocados daily, with storage capacity for an additional ONE MILLION avocados.
About A M King
A M King is an integrated design-build firm based in Charlotte, NC that consistently and successfully delivers quality projects throughout the United States. With an experienced team committed to protecting clients’ assets, we provide property services, design and engineering, construction and facility maintenance in the sectors of food processing, food distribution, industrial manufacturing and commercial properties. Our stellar track record demonstrates that we are focused on our mission to be the best in the industry.
About Henry Avocado Corporation
Henry Avocado Corporation, founded in 1925, is a year-round marketer and distributor of custom-ripened, fresh, conventional and organic avocados sourced from California, Mexico, Peru and Chile. The company serves food service and retail customers throughout the U.S.