A second-generation family-owned business, Hess Bros. Fruit Company distributes over 20 varieties and 1.5 million bushels of local eastern apples a year. Hess Bros. specializes in the sourcing and wholesale of premium apples that are purchased through a network of hand-picked orchards. The apples are then distributed to a wide range of markets including grocery stores, retail outlets, and restaurants.
After a year-long search for a suitable property, Warfel’s real estate development team found the perfect location and facility matching the needs for Hess Bros. much needed, distribution center. Conveniently located along Manheim Pike in Lancaster, and home to a former molding and millwork company, Warfel’s task was to completely transform this manufacturing space into a fully functional distribution center housing dry and cold storage, packing and production lines, shipping, and office areas. As a design-build contractor, Warfel was responsible for complete project oversight; project development including township and county approvals, land development, architect selection, infrastructure, stormwater management, etc., through final design and construction. Warfel also coordinated the delivery and installation of owner purchased equipment and packing lines from Italy.