West Liberty Foods has plans to build a 160,000 square foot cold storage distribution center with room for further expansion in Bolingbrook, Illinois. West Liberty Foods, a leading turkey producer, co-packer, private-label manufacturer and foodservice supplier of sliced deli meats and frozen meat products, acquired a processing plant in the Bolingbrook in June, when it purchased the assets of the bankrupt Quantum Foods.
Shortly after the purchase was made, West Liberty Foods had hired nearly 190 employees and started operations at the plant. The company, confident in the current state of the business, decided to build the cold storage center. Once built, the new facility could bring with it the potential for up to 600 jobs.
Tim Cox of West Liberty Foods told Bugle Newspapers the company has grown and is now proud to bring the cold storage distribution in-house and looking forward to doing so in Bolingbrook. Cox said the company plans to extend its distribution of meats to the public including businesses such as Subway, Aldi, and Costco.
“We were concerned when Quantum closed — this was a one-of-a-kind building that no one wants to retrofit,” said Mayor Roger Claar. “As luck would have it, West Liberty came along and purchased the building. We heard they wanted to build and they wanted to keep it in Bolingbrook too … This is a great project and a great use. We are thrilled they chose Bolingbrook and we are looking forward to construction.”
The plan is to build the cold storage center on nearly 15 acres of vacant land on Remington Boulevard in Bolingbrook.