A M King, an integrated design-build firm, started the expansion of Northeast Foods’ Automatic Rolls of New England bakery. A new cold storage distribution and process space will allow the company to increase freezer capacity.

The scope of work provided by A M King includes 16,600 ft2 of freezer, cooler dock and a second floor engine room addition. The company will also convert 1,600 ft2 of ambient dock to cooler dock. The expansion contains accommodations for an ASRS (automatic storage and retrieval system) by Optimus Automation in the freezer, which will feature automated racking storage up to 40 feet at -20°F with approximately 1,500 new pallet positions. The system will help regulate temperature in the freezer and decrease the need for lighting in the area. The added freezer will also help shrink the number of standing diesel refrigerated trucks on site at the facility. Anticipated completion is early 2018.

Automatic Rolls of New England specializes in rolls for McDonalds and English Muffins for McDonalds and retail customers. This plant has produced buns and English Muffins for McDonalds since the early 1970s.