Index Fresh and Tippmann Innovation, a cold storage design-build firm, broke ground on a cold storage and distribution facility in Pharr, Texas.

The 60,000 ft2 facility will include 2,600 pallet positions, 10 ripening rooms, a bagging and repackaging area, and nine dock doors, all in a temperature-controlled environment. When completed this fall, the plant will initially create 15 permanent jobs.

Index Fresh, Bloomington, Calif., is a marketer of avocados, sourcing from all major growing regions around the world, including Mexico. Tippmann Innovation worked with Index Fresh to design a modern, efficient ripening and cold storage facility that leaves room for future expansions.