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WDS Ribbon Cutting

 Burien, WA (June 23, 2017): Western Distribution Services (WDS) of Burien, WA, along with Kidder Mathews (KM) of Seattle, WA, Bridge Development Partners (BDP) of Chicago, IL, and Tippmann Innovation (TI) of Fort Wayne, IN, are proud to announce the ribbon cutting of an advanced, convertible refrigerated/freezer warehouse near Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport. The ceremony, held on June 23, 2017 at 1010 South 146th St. in Burien, Washington, is the culmination of a project that brought the four companies together to create a state of the art facility to service the rising need for cold storage in the growing Seattle area. 

WDS will operate the new facility which was designed and constructed by Tippmann Innovation with Bridge Development serving as developer. The massive 241,140 square foot facility will house 41,000 pallets with the versatility to operate a range of temperatures to accommodate products from fresh perishables to frozen foods. The warehouse was built on a 15-acre site that came with its own set of challenges, including a sloping terrain. Over 100,000 cubic yards of soil was moved during construction. However, the close proximity to the airport provides a huge advantage for WDS’ cold storage customers.

Brian Niven of Bridge Development explains the impact of the location, “This location is the equivalent of having seats on the 50 yard line at the Super Bowl. It is at the center of a growing area with easy access to several transportation options, including land, sea and air. With today’s heavy emphasis on fresh products, this facility is perfectly positioned for quick distribution to just about anywhere in the country.”

Built to fit the needs of WDS, the new facility meets all their expectations and then some. “We have been looking for a cold storage solution for several years,” says John Naylor, WDS president. He said that once they were able to secure the land, WDS knew they wanted Tippmann to design and build the facility. “This is not their first rodeo. They have the experience and expertise we needed. If I were going to build another cold storage facility, I would call them again.”

Dan Mathews of Kidder Mathews recalls how the project team was created. “Kidder Mathews, Tippmann Innovation and Bridge Development were very compatible working as a team. We each recognized the other companies’ unique perspective and strengths. We all shared in the vision to make the needs of the customer the highest priority. Collectively, we were able to create the right solution for WDS and their customers.” 

Tippmann Innovation, a leader in the planning and building of cold storage facilities, worked with BDP and WDS to design a modern, efficient facility that has the capacity and the flexibility to provide refrigerated service as the needs arise, using the most advanced technology in the industry.