- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 9, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A refrigerated cold-storage warehouse facility set to open soon in Sioux Falls is already planning to expand due to rising demand.

Win Chill’s new 205,000-square-foot (19,000-square-meter) facility is scheduled to open May 23.

“Everything just keeps falling into place as we go along,” said Jason Marquardt, Win Chill’s managing partner. “We haven’t had any major setbacks or roadblocks. It’s been a really fun project to work on and see to completion.”

Win Chill decided several months ago to spend up to $20 million to add another 125,000 square feet (11,600 square meters), Marquardt said. The expanded space will be used to store more products at minus 20 degrees, such as ice cream.

“We had customers that needed more space than what we were building,” he said. “We saw an opportunity and took it.”

The expansion is slated to finish in December.

“No shortage of product, no shortage of demand,” said Jeff Davis, the company’s sales manager.

The facility could potentially make more than $900,000 in state and local tax revenue a year, Davis said. The warehouse will also pay about $400,000 in real estate taxes each year.

The company will employ about 60 full-time employees and 15 part-time employees.

The December expansion might not be the last, according to Davis.

He said the company “can put another 500,000 square feet together, and I see that happening in some form over the next three years.”

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