Eskimo Cold Storage held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of their new freezer building located on Athens Highway in Gainesville on Tuesday, November 14. This 225,000 square foot, state-of-the-art freezer will increase Eskimo Cold Storage’s capacity and potential for business for decades to come.

The freezer will be 66 feet tall and includes a two-part freezer system consisting of a 78,000 SF Push Back Rack (Freezer A) and a 96,000 SF Shuttle Rack (Freezer B), which will be a semi-automated system with the entire facility being held at zero degrees. The new commercial freezer is scheduled to open in November of next year.

Founders of Eskimo Cold Storage, Steve Williams, President, and Karen Reece, Vice President, have been business partners for over 35 years, opening the first Eskimo cold warehouse in 2007. The new stand­ alone freezer will be situated adjacent to Eskimo’s existing 250,000 square foot freezer. The expansion is being done to accommodate clients’ growing cold chain needs.

“Our passion for warehousing began many years ago. We are dedicated to the freezer industry and this new freezer will allow us to continue to meet our clients’ growing warehousing needs,” said Steve Williams, President of Eskimo Cold Storage. “We are proud of our company growth and look forward to working with the design-build team at Carroll Daniel Construction to see our vision come to fruition.”

Carroll Daniel Construction, through a competitive process, was selected as the design-build partner for the project and will manage the project out of their Gainesville headquarters.

“We understand the critical role that Eskimo Cold Storage plays in the growth and success of logistics, supply chain and storage in our region,” said Brian Daniel, President and CEO of Carroll Daniel Construction. “We’re excited to be partnering with Eskimo Cold Storage as the design-builder of this project, providing design and construction expertise for their new, state-of-the-art freezer systems.”