NewCold Project Underway Near Indianapolis

NewCold Continues to Transform the Cold Store Industry with New Facility and Expands Partnership with Conagra Brands
State-of-the-art facility brings significant investment to Lebanon, Indianapolis

Chicago, Illinois—Friday, November 13, 2020—Pioneering Netherlands-based cold chain logistics company, NewCold, is pleased to announce that it is investing in a new, state-of-the art facility and expanding its existing customer partnership with Conagra Brands, one of North America’s leading branded food companies.

NewCold will build and operate an advanced, large-scale automated cold store facility which will be the biggest in Indiana and one of the largest in the United States. It is approximately half the size of the mammoth Lucas Oil stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts. At 141 feet high (43 meters), the facility holds over 100,000 pallet positions.

Lebanon, Ind., facility will be NewCold’s third facility in the U.S., including an existing presence in Tacoma, Wash., and Burley, Idaho. Scheduled to be operational in 2022, the US$150 million facility is expected to create 150-200 new jobs.

Bram Hage, Founder and CEO of NewCold said: “It is very pleasing to see our continued growth in North America as we seek to build a long-term strategic relationship with Conagra, built on mutual trust. Our robust global pipeline includes the delivery of at least six new capital projects, as we continue to develop multiple large-scale automated facilities across Europe, Australia and North America. This momentum confirms a very positive future for customers and an innovation boost for the industry.”

Craig Weiss, Sr. Vice President of Supply Chain and Chief Transformation Officer for Conagra Brands said: “At Conagra Brands, we’re modernizing our distribution network infrastructure as part of our overall supply chain strategy. We’re partnering with NewCold to develop a new, state-of-the-art distribution center that will support our growing frozen business so we can better meet the needs of our customers and consumers.”

Jonas Swarttouw, VP, Customer & Business Development for NewCold in North America, said: “Collaborating with respected partners like Conagra drives our success, as we share an ambition to transform the industry and reimagine the global food supply chain. As we continue to expand our North American presence, we support local communities in efforts to foster economic growth and create high-quality employment opportunities. The NewCold team at our Chicago Regional HQ will be leading the development, implementation and start-up of the operation, in close cooperation with our partners and stakeholders.”


Read more about the construction of NewCold’s other projects in the US:
NewCold Advanced Logistics – Burley, Idaho
NewCold Advanced Logistics – Tacoma, Washington


The Indianapolis cold storage facility will use state-of-the-art technology including automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) to automatically move and store products in the ‘dark’ high-bay warehouse. To serve the high volume of case picking, an advanced automated case picking solution for detailed order fulfilment activities is part of the investment. The equipment and operators will be directed by NewCold’s proprietary advanced software systems, while products are kept in optimal conditions with all cold store areas cooled down to sub-zero temperatures. This advanced cold chain solution ensures that processes are sustainable, traceable, fully integrated with the processes of NewCold’s customers, and always at the very forefront of technological developments.

Fisher’s Project for District Brewing Wins Historic Preservation Award

If you grew up in the Skagit area, you probably have fond memories of the Lyric Theater on Mount Vernon’s riverfront. In 2018-19 Fisher Construction Group began working with District Brewing to renovate the landmark property, completing it in March 2020. We are so happy to see their vision and our work honored with the 2020 Goldfinch Award for the renovation of historic spaces. If you haven’t yet visited District for brews and pizza you are in for a treat. Read more about the project at: https://www.downtownmountvernon.org/…/district-brewing… and District Brewing

Fisher Construction Group Announces New Roofing Division

Fisher Construction Group has completed agreements to acquire the assets of All Surface Roofing & Waterproofing of Spokane. The new division will be called Fisher Roofing Services. All Surface’s parent company of Santa Ana, CA is not part of the acquisition, and will continue operating as a separate company.

Darrell Kidwell, VP
Fisher Roofing Services

Fisher Roofing Services is led by Darrell Kidwell, a roofing professional with 20 years of experience. The new Fisher division will perform a full range of commercial roofing services which includes installation all types of roofs along with maintenance, warranty and emergency repair. Fisher Roofing Services will operate out of their current offices on N. Florida Street and will move into Fisher Construction Group’s Spokane office near the airport within the year. Kidwell and his staff can be reached at 509.413.2849.

Fisher Roofing Services offers commercial customers the following services:
– New Construction Roofing
– Re-roof and Preventive Maintenance Programs
– 24 hr. Emergency Repair

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Fisher Roofing Services handles all types of roof systems including:
– Low and Steep Slope
– TPO, PVC, EPDM, Built-Up, and Fluid Applied Membrane Systems

– Architectural Asphalt and Sheet Metal Roofing, Tile, Slate, Synthetic, Cedar Shake and Shingle

Fisher Roofing Services is licensed in most Western states as well as Louisiana, North Dakota, Indiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Alaska, with the ability to quickly license in any US location as needed.

As well as Spokane, Fisher Construction Group has offices in Burlington and Vancouver, Washington. Incorporated in the State of Washington since 1975, Fisher has completed projects across the US and Canada, with currently active projects in Alaska, Georgia, Indiana, Virginia, California, and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

“We are pleased to have Darrell and his team join Fisher Construction Group. Our company has been working with Darrell for years, and we know the quality work this group will add to the line of integrated construction services we offer our clients both during construction and for the lifecycle of their facilities,” says Dan Powers, President and CEO of Fisher Construction Group.

Fisher’s A&E Team Lends a Hand Developing Trail System at Animal Shelter

It is said a person has two hands.  The first for helping themselves, the second for helping others.

And every few months, Fisher’s Architectural and Engineering team lends their hands to help others.  Last week, the team contributed another great effort. In this case, they performed work on behalf of the NOAH Center (Northwest Organization for Animal Help) in Stanwood, WA – helping those with cold noses, warm hearts, expressive eyes, and busy little paws.

Armed with shovels, rakes, pitchforks and wheelbarrows, the A&E team met early Thursday morning and promptly began distributing bark chips across a developing trail system which the no-kill animal shelter is expanding for both volunteer and public dog walkers.

While the section worked on was only half a mile in length, personally-worn fitness devices revealed the number of cart loads dispersed across the trail system translated into 8 – 12 miles of walking by every team member – all while negotiating moderate hills, curves, and heavy wheelbarrows pushing through damp land.

Every team member took turns pitchforking the chips into wheelbarrows, walking the loads across the trail system, and spreading the chips.  And all non-canine panting was performed through Covid-19 masks!

This hard work was promptly rewarded as various dogs were walked along the trail as the team toiled.  Gratitude was given in cuddles, smiles, wagging tails, and whole-hearted enthusiasm for an enhanced walking experience.

The Fisher team is proud to have performed this service – and would like to thank the NOAH Center for allowing us this opportunity, and Kemp West for supplying the chips on behalf of the NOAH Center.

What’s Cookin’ at Fisher? We’re Serving Up Favorites Made with Our Client’s Products

It isn’t a secret. We’re big fans of the foods (and beverages) our clients produce. With the first holiday of summer coming up, we challenged our employees to to send recipes and pictures of their culinary specialties using our clients’ products. Be careful… you’ll be hungry after checking out the recipes on our customer’s websites. Get started with some of our team’s favorites highlighted below. Did someone say bacon flavored ice cream?

  • Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Orange Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Cheesy Sausage and Cranberry Pinwheels
  • Copper River Seafoods Smoked Salmon Dip
  • Skillet Berry Cobbler
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • Classic Poutine with McCain Superfries
  • Breakfast Ham Casserole
  • Litehouse... Anything Litehouse
  • Need More Inspiration?
  • Maple Bacon Ice Cream

Fisher Moves Forward with New Office Building in Vancouver

Fisher Construction Group recently announced crews have began construction on a new office in Vancouver, Washington. The project is located at 3200 NW 38th Circle in the Port of Vancouver.

When complete, the new office and shop will replace the company’s current offices in Hazel Dell. The Port sold the 2.28 acres in Centennial Industrial Park to Fisher Construction Group in 2019. Since opening an office in Vancouver in 2018, Fisher Construction Group has grown operations in Vancouver to 35+ employees with the expectation that 75 site and field employees will be working out of the Vancouver office five years from now.

“A new office in the Vancouver area has been in the planning stages for the last year and a half. We are pleased to seize this window of opportunity to keep our crews busy and expand our vision for operations in Vancouver,” says Dan Powers, President and CEO of Fisher Construction Group.

As one of the Pacific Northwest’s first design-build firms, Fisher’s in-house architectural team designed the 12,400 sf two-story office building. Showcasing construction techniques and materials often used on Fisher projects, the steel-frame building will be clad with insulated metal panels and feature concrete panel accents. The new office and shop are expected to be completed in early 2021.

Fisher’s home office is in Burlington, Washington. The company also has an office in Spokane, Washington. Incorporated in the State of Washington since 1979, Fisher has completed projects across the US and Canada, with currently active projects in Alaska, Georgia, Virginia, California, and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Construction Underway on CenterPoint Landing at Oakland Seaport

Fisher’s CenterPoint Landing project at the Port of Oakland is well underway since the final permit was approved in mid-July. Over the last year, Fisher’s construction team has been actively engaged in stabilizing and preparing the 27-acre site which was the former Oakland Army Base, decommissioned and turned over to the Port of Oakland 15 years ago.

When completed in 2020, the Class A industrial facility will have 466,437 sq. ft. of tenant space with 148 truck docks. The site for the concrete tilt-up building was prepared by using deep dynamic compaction and wick drains in conjunction with a 16’ surcharge or preload to settle the dynamic soils found throughout the property. The CenterPoint Landing at Oakland Seaport Project will seek USGBC LEED Silver Certification for the building shell.

As the general contractor, Fisher Construction Group is managing all on site activities from site prep and utilities through final commissioning. Fisher also manages the Port of Oakland’s MAPLA program (Maritime and Aviation Project Labor Agreement) which ensures subcontractors comply with the social justice program and local hiring goals of the Port of Oakland. The workforce will be made up of 37 different subcontractors working in 13 trades, and putting in approximately 60,000 hours constructing the building shell.

CenterPoint Landing will be the cornerstone development in the Port’s commitment to cargo transportation and logistics. Fisher Construction Group’s successful project with Lineage Logistics CoolPort, also in the Port of Oakland, lead to the project with CenterPoint.

Fisher’s Paine Field Terminal Voted Best Regional Airport in the World

The recently  opened Paine Field passenger terminal continues to win awards. Most recently it was voted best regional airport by Monocle Magazine’s Top 50 Travel Awards.

The 30,000 sf passenger terminal owned by Propeller Airports and built by Fisher Construction Group is the first privately owned airport built in the US. Designed and built to bring civility back to air travel, the regional terminal opened in April with direct hop flights to 8 cities in the West.

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Fisher’s NewCold Project Wins Multiple AGC Awards

Fisher Construction Group earned the Associated General Contractors’s Build Washington Grand Award for Construction Excellence for their work on the NewCold Advanced Logistics. The project also won top honors in the Private Building: 50M – 100M and Innovation Excellence catagories.

“AGC of Washington’s annual Build Washington Awards event recognized the chapter’s top individual and company performances in construction and safety excellence, innovation, community service and diversity over the past year, with a gala awards event held May 16 at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.”

“Congratulations to our award recipients and thank you to our members who participated in our 2019 Build Washington Awards competition,” said AGC 2019 president Paul Mayo of Flatiron West. ‘It is satisfying to celebrate so many member teams for their concrete achievements in safety, quality, innovation and delivery excellence. Our industry accomplishments are truly inspiring.'”
Construction Excellence category judges included Anne Timmermans, Paramatrix; John Schaufelberger, UW College of Built Environments; Marco Foster, WSDOT; Joseph Gildner, Sound Transit; J. Mark D’Amato, DCI Engineers; Ben Minnick, Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce; Warren Plugge, Central Washington University, and Dave Kearby, AGC of Washington.

Read more about AGC’s Build Washington Awards >

The project is NewCold’s first cold storage facility in the United States and only the second low-oxygen, fully-automated freezer in the country. It serves multiple customers and delivers safe, sustainable, traceable, cold chain solutions that are designed for end-to-end efficiency and value. More >

 

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Fisher Wins 2018 Built by the Best Award

Arlington, Virginia, November 26, 2018 – Fisher Construction Group was named the winner of the Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA) Built by the Best Award for their project with NewCold in Tacoma, Washington, U.S. The award was given on November 8, 2018 during a general session at the 38TH CEBA Conference & Expo, hosted by the Controlled Environment Building Association, a Core Partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA).

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The project is NewCold’s first cold storage facility in the United States and only the second low-oxygen, high-bay freezer in the country. It serves multiple customers and delivers safe, sustainable, traceable, cold chain solutions that are designed for end-to-end efficiency and value.

“We are very excited to have our first facility in the U.S. recognized for its innovation and complexity,” said Jonas Swarttouw, U.S. Country Manager, NewCold. “Fisher was fantastic to work with along the way. They approached the project with a great amount of expertise and enthusiasm to explore the latest technology and building trends that would help make our facility one of the best in the country.”

The 2018 winning project, NewCold Tacoma, features a state-of-the-art freezer system and a strictly controlled system, where oxygen is reduced to 16.5% saturation. It will allow for efficient customer service, with time from receipt of product to storage under 20 minutes. Picking of a product to loading will be done in the same amount of time – which is nearly three times the efficiency of a normal cold storage facility. NewCold Tacoma is one of the largest in the United States, containing 103,000 pallet positions.

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“The Fisher team is ecstatic to bring home our second Built by the Best Award – especially for such a complex and challenging project.” said Josh Currie, Senior Project Manager, Fisher Construction Group. “This was an incredible experience with credit due to the entire team involved, from Fisher’s Design Team, Management and Support Staff and to all of the subcontractors, vendors and consultants who supported us!”

Thirteen (13) additional CEBA members participated on the 2018 winning project, including:

  • All Weather Insulated Panels
  • Rite-Hite Corporation
  • Twintec USA
  • SubZero Constructors, Inc.
  • Owens Corning Foamular
  • Enviro Cold Storage Doors
  • Fastener Systems, Inc.
  • Honeywell
  • Ricker Thermline
  • Shadco, Inc.
  • Victaulic
  • Metzger/McGuire
  • Logix Refrigeration Controls
  • EVAPCO, Inc.