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CEBA Names Vince Free Chairman; Tippmann Wins Built by the Best Award

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New board members for the Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA) were announced during the 39th Annual CEBA Conference and Expo that concluded on November 16 in Miami, Florida.

Vince Free of FREEZ Construction (picture above addressing the organization) transitioned into the role of chairman, while Marko Dzeletovic of Coldbox Builders moved into the vice chairman position. Sam Tippmann of Tippmann Innovation was named treasurer and Tim Nguyen of ESI Group is now immediate past chairman.

Board members re-elected to three-year terms of office include Peter Bartell of RHH Foam Systems Inc., Brian King of A M King, Metal-Span’s Jay Smith, and Entrematic’s Chuck Zimmermann.

Nick Dakouras of Delta T Construction Company and Vince Humphreys of Ahern Fire Protection were elected as new board members.

“I am honored to step into the role of CEBA chairman,” said Free. “I look forward to continuing our efforts on achieving recognition for members, developing expertise, building future talent and promoting our value to the controlled environment industry.”

Founded in 1978, the Arlington, Virginia-headquartered CEBA represents companies that specialize in the design and construction of controlled environment buildings, including cold storage warehouses, food processing facilities, clean rooms, pharmaceutical facilities and foodservice and retail distribution centers. The trade association is a member of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA).

The 40th CEBA Conference & Expo will be held November 10-12, 2020, in Rancho Mirage, California. More information is available by visiting www.gcca.org.

Tippmann Wins Built by the Best Award

Tippmann Innovation was named winner of the CEBA Built by the Best Award for its project with Wolverine Packing Co. in Detroit, Michigan. The award was presented during the final general session of the 39TH CEBA Conference & Expo in Miami, which was attended by 265 industry professionals.

In early February 2019, Tippmann completed the 180,000-square-foot meat processing and distribution facility for Wolverine Packing. This state-of-the-art warehouse is Wolverine’s fifth processing plant in Detroit. It is home to over 20,000 pallet positions of storage space as well as the QuickFreeze In-Rack Freezing System (QF+).

Ranked as one of the USA’s leading producers of meat, Wolverine Packing Co. processes over 8,000,000 burgers a week. This new facility allows for expansion of its operation while bringing a variety benefits to the surrounding community.

The other two finalists for the 2019 CEBA Built by the Best Award included Primus Builders for the refrigerated warehouse it built for United States Cold Storage in Denton, Texas, and United Insulated Structures for the facility it completed for United States Cold Storage in Lebanon, Indiana.

CEBA Chairman Vince Free (far left) presents the 2019 CEBA Built by the Best Award to Sam Tippmann, Rob Adams and Josh Koester of Tippmann Innovation for their work in building the new Wolverine Packing facility.