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Project Mission Produce Avocado Ripening and Processing Facility

Mission Produce Inc. commissioned A M King to design and build a ripening and cold storage distribution center in Laredo, TX. Approximately 262,000 sf is dedicated to ripening and cold storage and a 12,000-sf, second-floor mezzanine houses offices, administrative and conference areas, totaling 274,000 sf. The new mega-facility is located in Laredo’s Pinnacle Industry Center on 32.6 acres adjacent to the Rio Grande River and the Mexican Border in the nation’s busiest land port. It is the company’s largest ripening and distribution center to date, eclipsing the company’s headquarters facility in Oxnard, CA by nearly 50,000 sf. Mission Produce has hired 78 initial employees.

A M King provided Mission Produce with full site consultancy services, which included analysis of the property currently needed by the business today, as well as for future planned expansions. The team also worked in tandem with the owner to secure local economic development incentives. Working together with A M King, Mission Produce was able to execute the property purchase of the best possible location for this advanced, world-class facility and begin development within an accelerated schedule.

Like any food facility that A M King designs and builds, sanitary design measures were put in place. In addition, during construction, A M King enforced safety policies and procedures for infectious diseases in accordance with CDC and OSHA recommendations, as well as local and state requirements.

Functionality is the focus on all operational areas, such as storage, staging, ripening, packaging, shipping and receiving. All the rooms are designed to facilitate company processes from receipt of the avocados from growers to vendor delivery.

Project Specifications:

  • 10 ripening rooms with capacity for 36
  • 40 docks with capacity for 59
  • 2,600 pallets for fruit ripening
  • 10,000 sf mango room
  • Four coolers
  • 86,000 sf cold dock area
  • 80,000 sf dry goods storage
  • 20,000 sf bagging and production area
  • Offices and dispatch-Border Patrol and USDA
  • Forced air cooler
  • Floor and trench drains for room washing
  • Washable surfaces like concrete floor, IMP walls
  • Structural steel tubes
  • Sinks in all packaging areas