CRAIN BREAKS GROUND FOR SECOND HARVEST IN CAMDEN

CRAIN BREAKS GROUND FOR SECOND HARVEST IN CAMDEN

CAMDEN, Tenn.Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and Crain Construction Inc. broke ground on a new $3.6 million food distribution center in Benton County on December 18.

Nashville-based general contractor Crain Construction will build the 26,000-square-foot facility at 249 Benton Industrial Road in Camden.

When completed in summer of 2018, Second Harvest will store shelf-stable, frozen and perishable food items and have an area where volunteers can sort and process product.

“This distribution center will allow us to provide greater food resources to our partner agencies to better serve the surrounding community,” said Jaynee Day, president and CEO of Second Harvest. “The new branch will allow us to provide more meals, work more efficiently, and make a bigger difference in our 14 Western counties.”

Benton County Mayor Barry Barnett and county commissioners attended the groundbreaking to welcome Second Harvest’s new Western Branch. The distribution center will expand the food bank’s capacity in the western part of its service area, where it currently provides about 4.2 million meals annually to residents.

The one-story, pre-engineered metal structure will sit on 26 acres in the Benton County industrial park. The cold storage component will occupy 12,000 square feet. Office and meeting space will occupy 4,900 square feet. LINES Inc. is the architect for the project.

“Last month Crain employees sorted and packed food items at the Nashville food distribution center and today we’re breaking ground on a new Second Harvest facility,” said Michael Rankin, president and CEO of Crain Construction. “We know the need is great and we’re proud to help this nonprofit expand its services for food-insecure people.”

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