A custom dock will further decrease operating costs and reduce damage to produce. The floor is lowered at the threshold of each door, making it possible for trucks to back their trailers into a protected area before opening their doors.
“So it won’t matter if it’s 25 below in the winter or 85 degrees in summer, the cold chain will remain constant,” Milette said.
The layout and operation of the new facility is expected to be so different that senior executives decided the company’s personnel structure should be revised.
“We are changing the buyer/seller structures,” Milette said. “We will have about eight head buyers. By having a better chain of response you have a better chain of command and with the new building it will all fit together better.”