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Fisher Construction Group wins inaugural IACSC
“Built by the Best” Award for Lineage Logistics/
Titan Frozen Foods project

Lineage-Titan November 9, 2016
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fisher Construction Group was named the winner of the International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IACSC) “Built by the Best” Award for the Lineage Logistics and Titan Frozen Fruit project located in Santa Maria, California. Fisher submitted the project on behalf of 17 other IACSC member companies participating as subcontractors and vendors. Logix is proud to be the refrigeration control system partner for the project. The award will be presented at the 36th IACSC Conference & Expo, November 10-12 in Fort Lauderdale.

Lineage Logistics contracted with Fisher Construction Group to build a 216,777 square foot LEED-certified facility. LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. The Lineage facility includes 151,000 square feet of cold storage and dock space, and 65,000 square feet dedicated to onsite food processing for Lineage's tenant, Titan Frozen Fruit. Fisher developed solutions to challenges during the construction of the facility - at times managing over 120 workers in 10 trades - to allow Titan Frozen Fruit to start processing strawberries just seven months after ground breaking.

Logix stepped up and delivered a comprehensive refrigeration control solution on time and on budget to realize this facility’s potential. According to Scott Gillette, Logix project engineer, “Modern efficiency measures and flexible control strategies maximize production for Titan, while advanced energy management and load shedding capabilities secure utility incentives as a second priority to production.” Logix also integrated gas detection and automated emergency response measures, going beyond current regulatory requirements to protect both product and personnel.

A unique aspect of the project is the shared resources between the third-party logistics company (Lineage Logistics) and the food processor (Titan Frozen Fruit). The partnered facility gives Titan the benefits of a shared refrigeration system and Lineage Logistics’ onsite refrigeration expertise. With the capacity to blast freeze one million pounds of product per day, the state-of-the-art facility will play a major role in meeting the expanding food processing needs in the region.

“I speak for the entire project team in saying that we are honored to have been chosen as the winner of this prestigious award,” said Scott Guimond, Project Manager, Fisher Construction Group. “The project certainly had its challenges and we are happy we found the solutions needed to help Titan meet the deadlines around a crucial berry harvest time.”

A Core Partner of the GCCA (Global Cold Chain Alliance), IACSC initiated the “Built by the Best ” Award this year to recognize its members as the world’s leading experts in building temperature-controlled facilities of all types. It was created by members of the IACSC Marketing & Brand Awareness Committee.

Guimond will be joined by Jim Romine, Senior Director of Engineering for Lineage Logistics, Dan Powers, Fisher President/CEO, and Bill Langley, Fisher In-House Principal Architect, to conduct a keynote presentation about their project at the Opening General Session of the 36th IACSC Conference & Expo, taking place November 10-12 in Fort Lauderdale.

More information about IACSC “Built by the Best” Award can be found online.

For more information about the 36th IACSC Conference & Expo please click here.

About the International Association for Cold Storage Construction /
Global Cold Chain Alliance

Founded in 1978, the International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IACSC) represents contractors and suppliers in the cold storage construction industry. IACSC provides a forum for innovative ideas, promotes standards of practice, hosts professional education programs, and promotes the interests of the industry in political, legal and regulatory arenas.

IACSC is a Core Partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), which represents all major industries engaged in temperature-controlled logistics. The Global Cold Chain Alliance serves as the focused voice of the cold chain industry, representing 1200 member companies in 75 countries. GCCA unites partners to be innovative leaders in the temperature-controlled products industry. For more information about GCCA, click here.

Logix welcomes Mike Micak to sales organization

Mike Micak November 1, 2016 - Mike Micak
Sales Manager

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Mike Micak to the Logix® sales organization. As Sales Manager, Mike is primarily focused on expanding the Logix brand sales and network coverage in North America. A seasoned sales executive with a strong technical background in refrigeration and controls, Mike’s knowledge and experience will be of great value to our growth. Mike looks forward to working closely with our distributor and contractor partners, as well as our many end user customers.

A native of Canada, Mike attended Vanier College in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, where he studied Building System Engineering Design. He later earned a business degree from Chapman University in Orange, California. Mike began his career in the HVAC manufacturing sector. He then moved to the US to pursue a career in sales and marketing of commercial and industrial refrigeration equipment.

Moving to the Northwest several years ago, Mike and his family have taken advantage of the clean air, open spaces and outdoor activities such as camping, fishing and hiking. Mike enjoys all things mechanical or electrical, and likes to tinker - from car repairs to home renovations.

Says Mike, “I’m excited to bring my refrigeration, controls, and energy efficiency experience to Logix. I look forward to working with the talented and innovative team here at Logix.”

Mendoza joins engineering team

Roberto Mendoza September 1, 2016 - Roberto Mendoza
Program/Project Manager

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Roberto "Berto" Mendoza to Program/Project Manager, a position in which he will primarily focus on development and solutions engineering. His duties will entail software programming/control systems development to meet customer needs. His responsibilities will include product design implementation within schedule and budget parameters, and control system design/manufacturing process management from design documentation to post-installation customer support.

After earning an Associate of Technical Science degree at Wenatchee Valley College, Berto joined Logix in June of 2013 as a System Commissioning/Support Technician. His onsite commissioning, customer training, and support experience have prepared him well for his new role as Program/Project Manager. He has earned an enviable reputation among customers and team members as knowledgeable, resourceful, and dedicated to supporting customers and resolving technical challenges.

Excited to put his field experience to use, Berto says “I am very enthusiastic about being part of the amazing Logix engineering team. I’m passionate about energy efficiency and eager to help our customers design solutions to save energy and money with our intelligent controls systems.”

Berto’s training, skill, knowledge, and hands-on experience make him a tremendous asset to the Logix engineering team. We look forward to seeing what Berto’s future efforts will yield.

Logix welcomes new support team member

Stephen Beat July 1, 2016 - Stephen Beat
System Commissioning/Support Technician

We are pleased to introduce Stephen Beat, the newest member of the Logix® engineering/ support team. Stephen’s primary responsibilities will include commissioning new Logix controls systems, installing upgrades and enhancements to existing systems, onsite customer training, and in-house technical support.

Born in England, Stephen grew up in the state of Washington. He attended the College of the Siskiyous, where he studied process control technology and instrumentation,specializing in industrial automation controls. With a background in the food processing industrial refrigeration sector, Stephen’s experience and skill set are a perfect match to the market we serve. His knowledge of industrial automation controls will enable him to contribute quickly, and will make him a valuable member of the engineering team.

Says Stephen, “If you’re doing what you love to do, it’s not work. Working with controls as it applies to refrigeration is something that I truly enjoy, and I look forward to contributing here at Logix.”

Aside from refrigeration controls, Stephen’s other interests include customizing his 1968 Chevy truck, and CrossFit workouts. A member of Toastmasters International, Stephen says, “I believe it is necessary to continuously work on your communication skills. The ability to communicate your ideas and listen effectively has benefits in business as well as in your personal life.”