Integrated design-build firm A M King started construction of a 262,000 ft2 cold-storage distribution center for Mission Produce Inc., a grower, packer and shipper of Hass avocados.

The facility will be located on 32.6 acres in Laredo, Texas, adjacent to the Rio Grande River and the Mexican border. It will allow the company to capitalize on the continued popularity of its signature product in the nation’s busiest land port. Mission Produce plans to initially hire 75 employees when the project is complete in May 2021.

Mission Produce’s distribution network includes 11 forward distribution centers in North America, China and Europe. The facility in Laredo will be its largest to date, eclipsing the company’s headquarters in Oxnard, Calif., by nearly 50,000 ft2.

A M King provided Mission Produce with full site consultancy services, including analysis of the property currently needed by the business today as well as for future planned expansions.