On Friday, September 3, 2010, Mayor Chris Coleman, Senator Al Franken, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Congresswoman Betty McCollum, and other dignitaries spent time at J&J Distributing to celebrate events that are broken into three phases.
The primary goal of phase one is to reduce energy consumption at our facility by replacing the aging refrigeration system with a centralized high efficient system. The waste heat of the new chillers will be used for heating our offices and the proposed greenhouse. In addition the excess heat will be used for defrost of the chillers… A majority of the evaporator motors will be retrofitted with high efficient ECM motors to further improve energy efficiency.
This phase also includes a lighting retrofit of the facility to include occupancy control in the spaces to allow for bi-level switching of the fixtures based on space requirements.
Other energy efficiency measures include modifications to the battery charging station ventilation system and installation of vending machine occupancy sensors.
Phase two will be the construction of a 20,000 square foot addition to the north side of the building that will become a state of the art facility for Cuttin’ Time, our processing division.
Phase three is the building of an urban farm. The farm is proposed as a hydroponic greenhouse utilizing waste heat. This is proposed as a facility that will be leased to an unnamed third party.
Phase one is already under way while phases two and three are still tentative and subject to final approval.