Foundation Park's anchor business already expanding

It hasn’t even opened yet, but the first business to call Foundation Park home is already getting bigger.


Win Chill will move into its first phase – a 205,000-square-foot warehouse – later this month. Phase two is another 125,000-square-foot addition, estimated at $18 to $20 million and scheduled to open by the end of the year.


The company has enough land to eventually have 800,000 square feet of warehouse space in a combination of dry, refrigerated and freezer storage.


“Demand has exceeded our expectations, which means there was clearly a need in this region for this type of facility with distribution capabilities,” Win Chill president Mike Rush said.


Win Chill has been hearing from food processors from a variety of industries across the region, he added.


“So that’s also telling that it isn’t just one food industry that had this need. When we speak to these processors, the ease of distribution into and out of Foundation Park is definitely a draw.”


With its strategic location near two interstates and along a railway, Foundation Park is gaining noticeable momentum, said Dean Dziedzic, vice president of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, which is developing Foundation Park.


“To get ready for Win Chill, we built out all the necessary infrastructure for rail access. Now we’re at a point where we’re completely build-ready for all our infrastructure, and businesses are taking notice,” he said.


“We’re getting rail inquires, non-rail inquiries, and we’re tending to get larger size parcels, anywhere from 10 to 15 to 25 acre requests. So we’re extremely pleased with where we’re at as far as Foundation Park is concerned.”


Win Chill also is bringing dozens of new jobs to the area.


“It sounds like they’re great jobs, good-paying jobs and that’s good news,” Dziedzic said.


Hiring has started for 70 positions, from warehouse laborers to managers, and training is provided.  “Hiring has gone really well,” Rush said.


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