KENOSHA, WI-For its third distribution facility, Affiliated Foods Midwest has chosen First Park Kenosha Business Park to build a 731,000-sf building. The cooperative, which services independent grocers throughout the Midwest, wanted to build a $99 million distribution center that will help it reach out to Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

The Norfolk, NE-based cooperative, which has two warehouses in Nebraska and Elwood, KS, held its groundbreaking recently for the new Wisconsin facility. The property should be complete by spring 2009, says a company spokeswoman. Rising transportation costs and other concerns made it impractical to try to serve the north Midwest region out of the existing centers, she says. “Logistically, when you look at the distance we had to serve our members in this region, it was something we needed to do, especially to accommodate any growth in these areas,” she tells She says she believes the cooperative will own the facility instead of leasing.

The company chose the business park, developed by Chicago-based First Industrial Realty Trust, because of its high-profile location, said company officials. “(Kenosha) has great population growth, a strong business climate and convenient location along the I-94 corridor from Milwaukee to Chicago,” said the cooperative chairman Marc King in a statement.

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