Mission Produce Inc., Oxnard, Calif., expects to complete construction of a 180,000-square foot avocado packing facility, ripening and forward distribution center in phases, the first by the end of the year.
The packing plant and cooler areas are expected to be operational by early 2015, according to a news release. Construction of corporate offices will follow.
It’s on a 20-acre property at 2901 Camino del Sol in Oxnard that was the site of a U.S. Postal Service annex and distribution center. Mission Produce bought the building and land in December 2012 and began demolition a few months later.
The new construction will include 40,000 square feet of conditioned production space and capacity for more than 6,000 high cube pallets, capable of separation by temperature or commodity.
There will be forced-air cooling and 20 refrigerated docks. LED lighting and lighting controls are planned. The rooftop will be equipped with a 1-megawatt solar energy system.
“As avocado consumption continues to increase at double-digit growth, Mission’s facilities also need to expand to handle the added volume, whether it be local growth, imports or exports,” Steve Barnard, president and chief executive officer, said in a news release. “This new facility will definitely take us to the next level, in addition to being energy efficient.”