Cold Storage Distribution Facility

This new distribution facility for John Morrell consists of several buildings and is located outside of Indianapolis. An independent operating company of Smithfield Foods, John Morrell provides a variety of meats under the brand names of Armour and Eckrich, among many others. the jdi group, Inc. was contracted by and worked with Tippmann Construction, as well as M & S Industrial Metal Fabricators, on this Design-Build project.

Meeting a tight building schedule was the challenge on this project. jdi was given just five weeks to engineer, design, and detail the foundations and structural systems of all four buildings that make up the new distribution complex: a 387,000 SF cooler/freezer/dock, a 13,000 SF two-story office building, a 10,700 SF maintenance and material handling building, and a 3,400 SF machine room. M & S was responsible for the steel fabrication details.

Currently under construction, the $43.5 million complex is scheduled to begin operations in 2016.