Zero Mountain Inc. of Fort Smith, which provides cold and dry storage warehousing, is planning a $14 million, 90,000-SF expansion and has acquired a 206,000-SF warehouse adjacent to its headquarters on Highway 45 South.
The 206,000-SF USDA food grade dry warehouse was acquired from Southpark LLC for an undisclosed price. The expansion to its current Fort Smith facility will include freezer and cooler space and double the company’s blast freezing capacity.
The expansion will entail the hiring of 25 new employees and push the Fort Smith facility to more than 550,000-SF of cold storage warehouse space.
Zero Mountain clients include OK Foods; American Vegetable, Soybean & Edamame; Nestle/Gerber; Cargill; Butterball; and MARS Petcare. The company also operates facilities in Russellville, Lowell and Johnson, where it was launched in 1955.
“For over six decades Zero Mountain has been blessed with the ability to adapt and grow our company successfully,” CEO Joseph Rumsey said. “With each Zero Mountain expansion, we purposefully take into consideration how best our projects can impact the lives of our employees, business partners, stock-holders and in the communities where we live.”
Rumsey said future growth plans entail the addition of 100 new employees.
Fort Smith contractor SSI will handle the expansion project and Russellville-based Baker Refrigeration will supply freezer euipment and installation.
In addition to warehousing, Zero Mountain operates Zero Mountain Logistics, a full service fleet of over-the-road trucks and trailers.