Henningsen breaks ground on 166,000 SF facility at Mill Creek
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Posted by: Elizabeth Peters
Henningsen Cold Storage Company, a 93-year-old, Oregon family-owned refrigerated warehousing company offering over 53.7 million cubic feet of frozen and refrigerated space across the U.S., broke ground August 18 on a new 166,000 square foot facility in Salem, Ore. at Mill Creek Corporate Center.
The facility will serve as an innovative hub of activity for food processors, providing needed infrastructure for an industry that accounts for approximately 50 percent of the region’s manufacturing base. This is the first of an anticipated four-phase development, with future phases expected to generate additional jobs and investment. The company anticipates opening in spring 2017.
“We’re very excited about this new project for Salem and the vision that Henningsen Cold Storage brings to Mill Creek Corporate Center,” said Salem Mayor Anna Peterson. “Agriculture is critical for Salem and we’re proud of our growing partnership with an Oregon business that supports one of our most important industries for the region.”
With locations in Washington, Idaho, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Oregon, the Mill Creek location will be Henningsen's second Salem, Ore. facility. The City of Salem and DAS will collaborate to construct a new traffic signal at Mill Creek Drive and Kuebler Boulevard, road improvements on Mill Creek Drive, and construction of an internal street, to serve the facility and future phases of development at Mill Creek Corporate Center.
“As a fifth-generation family owned company, we are eager to support the local activity of food processors and agricultural partners in the community” said Henningsen’s Chairman and President, Mike Henningsen. “With our second Salem facility, we can better enhance the supply chain infrastructure in the region, which is currently struggling to keep up with the increasing demands of regulatory requirements and efficiencies.”
"Economic Development is truly a team sport," said Chad Freeman SEDCOR President. "This project has been a great partnership between a number of public and private organizations, all working to grow jobs and support our agriculture industry." Among the partners mentioned:
- The State of Oregon, including DAS, Business Oregon and the Governors Regional Response Team
- The City of Salem, who partnered with the State to develop Mill Creek Corporate Center, as well the staff team at the City who helped throughout the process
- Marion County
- Federal Economic Development Commission
- Fischer Construction
"Most of all, let’s recognize and thank Henningsen Cold Storage for their continued investment in the Mid-Willamette Valley and in our agriculture and food processing industries here," said Freeman. "It is an honor to do this with you."
Photos of the groundbreaking ceremony are available for download here.