Organically Grown Company turns to Randall Manufacturing’s InsulWall to decrease labor costs

Organically Grown Company (OGC), the Northwest’s largest organic produce distributor, in partnership with Engineered Products, a Papé company, selected InsulWall as a wall system in its new Seattle LEED Gold facility.

GREEN InsulWall is a flexible insulated curtain wall that not only installs and moves easily, but its recycled insulation also contributes to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) scores. In addition to its GREEN attributes, InsulWall was selected for its modularity to create seasonal produce cooler rooms within hours and reduction in labor costs with InsulWall’s ease of cleaning.

“By selecting InsulWall in our new Seattle LEED Gold distribution facility, we aim to increase our agility in creating temperature-controlled warehouse space for seasonal produce; continue our commitment to sustainability and our LEED gold certification level; and decrease time spent cleaning our walls, thus decreasing labor costs and increasing productivity,” said Anthony Seran, project manager at OGC.

“Our produce is seasonal and our refrigerated warehouse space is ever changing—InsulWall’s modularity and ease of installation helps us meet our inventory’s needs in a matter of hours, if necessary,” he said. “In addition, InsulWall’s ease of cleaning allows us to maintain the highest sanitary standards while saving substantial labor hours.”

The organic industry saw its largest dollar gain ever, adding $4.2 billion in sales in 2015, up from the $3.9 billion recorded in 2014. For the fourth year running, the industry saw growth in the double-digits at 10.8%, according to the Organic Trade Association (www.ota.com/resources/market-analysis).

Explosive growth of the organic industry mirrors consumer trends in which more fresh, perishable produce and foods are being consumed that require more temperature-controlled warehouse storage space.

“OGC’s Seattle distribution facility offers Randall Manufacturing an excellent opportunity to showcase InsulWall’s modularity, ease of installation, and GREEN insulating capabilities,” said Kristine Grudis, warehouse sales manager at Randall Manufacturing. “The organic industry is looking for modern solutions like InsulWall that allow for quick and easy reconfiguration of temperature-controlled warehouse space in a manner that utilizes resources, space, and the environment efficiently.”

Randall Manufacturing’s InsulWall is a flexible, modular, insulated warehouse curtain wall used in a variety of applications to create warehouse space that partitions temperature and humidity. Its 5-foot-wide panels are fastened to the ceiling deck and attached to each other with industrial Velcro. InsulWall installs easily with minimal facility disruption.

For more information on InsulWall used at OGC, access www.randallmfg.com/warehouse.

OGC serves more than 500 natural and fine foods stores and restaurants throughout the Northwest, and retail and wholesale accounts in other western states and Canada. It works with 340-plus vendors, and 31.6% of products sold come from Northwest farms. OGC’s trademarked Ladybug brand represents more than 30 family-owned, organic certified farms in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. To learn more, see www.organicgrown.com.

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