A groundbreaking ceremony for the 2.8 million cubic foot Compass Cold Storage facility to be built near Fort Smith in Mulberry, Arkansas, was recently attended by nearly 200 community members including local and state dignitaries. Compass is a sister company of Doug’s Produce, a well established trucking business serving the region for over 20 years.
The state-of-the art warehouse, designed and developed by Ti Cold of Melbourne, Florida, will have the capacity to support food wholesalers, retailers, and food manufacturing customers in central and northwest Arkansas. The facility’s cutting-edge design features the latest refrigeration and freezing technology available in the cold storage industry.
Brief remarks were made during the ceremony by owners Doug Bowen and Darren Winstead. Congratulations were offered by Matt Twyford, director of community development at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Shelly Faught, executive director of the Alma Area Chamber of Commerce; Julie Murray, president and chief executive officer of the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce; Mulberry Mayor Gary Baxter; Arkansas State Representative Charlene Fite; and representatives from the offices of Senator Tom Cotton, Senator John Boozman and Congressman Steve Womack.
“Construction is expected to be completed by early Q2 2023, and the facility is master planned with further expansion opportunities in mind. This will ensure that Compass Cold Storage will be ready to scale in support of future cold capacity demands,” ” said Logan Stuller of Ti Cold.