Midwest Refrigerated Services Breaks Ground on New Regional Distribution Center, Continuing 30+ Year Partnership with Consolidated Construction

Midwest Refrigerated Services (MRS) based out of Milwaukee, WI broke ground on their new regional distribution center in Belvidere, Illinois on Wednesday, February 14th. The new facility will be their second location in Belvidere following the opening of MRS’s first warehouse in the city in September of 2023.  Upon completion, the operation will add 85 new jobs to Belvidere.

Scheduled to open in March of 2025, the fully racked 200,000 sq ft facility will provide over 40,000 pallet positions of refrigerated storage and will employ state-of-the-art layer picking technology.  The 83-acre site is capable of expanding the warehouse footprint to over 1,000,000 square feet.  The site is rail served by the Union Pacific Railroad.

“As a logistics provider, site selection is of utmost importance to provide our customers with the most cost-effective solution to their supply chain needs.  Belvidere, and this site in particular, checks all the boxes” said Mike Pokel, President of Midwest Refrigerated Services. “We are appreciative of the efforts of Mayor Morris and his staff to make this day a reality.   From our initial meeting on, we were welcomed and the challenges of meeting a tight timeline were achieved by their “can do” attitude and approach.”

Consolidated Construction based out of Appleton, WI has been contracted to construct the facility.  “We have worked with Consolidated for over 30 years and we certainly appreciate and value the partnership.  They are integral to this project’s success and have worked diligently to help get us to this milestone.”


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