Farmer Brothers Project Wins Award

The Farmer Brothers office and manufacturing facility, built by EMJ Construction, won the PRO Food World Manufacturing Innovation Award.

Photo: RGA Architects

 

Farmer Brothers delivers exceptional coffee, tea, spice, culinary, and equipment solutions to local businesses, foodservice, national chains and everything in between. Recently, the Farmer Brothers office and manufacturing facility won the PRO Food World 2018 Manufacturing Innovation Award.

Spanning 28 acres, the coffee company headquarters includes a 258,338-square-foot distribution center, a 194,438-square-foot coffee production facility, and 84,823 square feet of office space for its nearly 400 corporate employees.

This lean, greenfield manufacturing facility features a customized, flexible manufacturing system that hopes to achieve 95 percent OEE and reduces the need for human intervention on the plant floor. The facility includes advanced roasters, an automated replenishment optimizer; and custom mixing, weighing and conveying equipment that allow Farmer Brothers to respond to rapidly changing market demands.

Watch Daniel Gerritsen, Director of Engineering & Strategy, Farmer Brothers accept the award and discuss the project.

Farmer Brothers desired an aggressive schedule, as four other facilities nationwide were consolidating into the new headquarters, and the new distribution center needed to begin operating while construction was still underway. EMJ coordinated the project team, ensured that the facility could function while construction was ongoing, and worked with consultants to highlight value-saving opportunities and ensure long-term efficiency for the facility.

“Farmer Brothers is a world class company,” said William Mosher, EVP, EMJ Construction, Dallas. “As national manufacturer, it serves over 60,000 food and beverage establishments across the U.S. We are honored to partner with them on this project and excited that it won this prestigious award.”

Farmer Brothers hosts “first roast” at new headquarters

Farmer Brothers hosted a ceremonial “first roast” at its newly-constructed headquarters in Northlake, Texas, on April 27th.

EMJ team members and community leaders joined Farmer Brothers CEO Mike Keown and company executives for the ceremony, followed by tours of the headquarters and roasting plant.

“We’re excited to begin the next chapter in our company’s growth from our beautiful new home in North Texas,” says Keown. “We anticipate bringing about 225 new jobs to the area, and we’re looking forward to becoming an integral part of Northlake and the surrounding North Texas region.”

Constructed by EMJ’s Dallas team, the new building includes a 258,338-square-foot distribution center, a 194,438-square-foot coffee production facility, and 84,823 square-feet of office space for its nearly 400 corporate employees.

Initially, the roasting plant will be able to roast approximately 24-28 million pounds of coffee annually, with the capacity for significant growth in the future.

EMJ’s team on the project recently received the Edgar M. Jolley Award for Outstanding Project for their efforts to bring the client an exceptional construction experience and deliver unique value.

Efficiency and sustainability were a priority for Farmer Brothers, so our team worked to ensure that the property would exceed these expectations for many years to come through recycled materials, water and energy-saving resources. The facility is expected to achieve LEED certification.

“This was Farmer Brothers’ first construction project, and I believe our team provided an outstanding experience for them while delivering a project that will continue to bring them value and achieve their goals for many years,” said Ray Catlin, Executive Vice President of EMJ’s Dallas office.

Last year, the project was recognized as Best Outside Relocation Real Estate Deal by the Dallas Business Journal and Best New Industrial Project by D CEO Magazine.

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Shaw T1 team receives Jolley for Outstanding Project

In 2016, EMJ launched the Edgar M. Jolley Awards for Excellence to recognize exceptional work within the family of companies. The “Jolleys,” named in memory of EMJ’s founder, are presented in three categories: Outstanding Performance, Outstanding Servant Leadership and Outstanding Project. In this four-part blog series, EMJ highlights our Jolley recipients, and why they were selected for these awards.

 

Shaw Industries Group’s T1 Plant is a 686,668-square-foot facility with 566,662 square-feet of carpet tile manufacturing space, a 107,506-square-foot warehouse and a 12,500-square-foot administrative building. Additionally, the scope included 27 loading docks, eight 88-foot tall storage silos, and a rail spur for material distribution. The project is slated to be LEED-Silver certified.

At the time of engagement, the T1 project was well underway with mass site grading nearly complete. Having worked with EMJ on a previous project, Shaw partnered with our team to carry the facility to completion.

Despite facing challenges due to late entry into the project, the team hit the ground running and worked with Shaw to execute the project brilliantly. They built relationships with the designers, engineers and subcontractors who were already involved in the project and collaborated with all parties to ensure a unified focus on the client’s vision for the plant.

“All project participants came together as a team to ensure that Shaw’s vision for the project was delivered,” said Clint Dean, Executive Vice President of EMJ’s Chattanooga office. “The client’s experience with us further solidified a trusting relationship that has since led to two additional projects.”

Chattanooga’s team is currently building Shaw’s Create Centre, a 67,000 square-foot, three-story “think tank” for the company’s creative, marketing and innovation teams, and was recently awarded an additional large-scale project in Andalusia, Ala.

Shaw T1 team members include:

Paul Wells, Superintendent
John Scanlon, Superintendent
Richard Stone, Assistant Superintendent
Chris Fisher, Senior Project Manager
Gary Gibson, Director of Construction
Chris Grannan, Vice President of Preconstruction
Mindie Ogle, Accountant
Matt Holder, Project Engineer
Michelle Parker, Shop Drawing Expeditor
Cissy Scott, Contract Expeditor
Zack Panczer, Co-Op
Jake Smithers, Co-Op

Congratulations to this outstanding team who went above and beyond to bring the client an exceptional construction experience and unique value. See more photos of Shaw T1 on our projects page.

 

Farmer Brothers team receives Jolley for Outstanding Project

In 2016, EMJ launched the Edgar M. Jolley Awards for Excellence to recognize exceptional work within the family of companies. The “Jolleys,” named in memory of EMJ’s founder, are presented in three categories: Outstanding Performance, Outstanding Servant Leadership and Outstanding Project. In this three-part blog series, EMJ highlights our Jolley recipients, and why they were selected for these awards.

 

EMJ was awarded Farmer Brothers Co.‘s corporate headquarters when the coffee foodservice company relocated from Torrance, Calif. after 65 years.

Spanning 28 acres, the building, which is anticipated to be LEED-certified, includes a 258,338-square-foot distribution center, a 194,438-square-foot, state-of-the art coffee production facility, and 84,823 square-feet of office space for its nearly 400 corporate employees.


With minimal knowledge of construction or the DFW area, Farmer Brothers relied on a developer, Stream Realty, to help find an ideal location for their new property. Stream brought EMJ to the table as their general contractor for the project, and our team helped Farmer Brothers find a property and hire an experienced design team.

Before breaking ground, our team met with the project team weekly for six months to discuss goals for the project and guide the client through the preconstruction process. The client’s priority was maintaining an aggressive schedule, as four other facilities nationwide were consolidating into the new headquarters, and the new distribution center needed to begin operating while construction was still underway.

 


Our team used BIM technology to ensure that the distribution center could function while construction was ongoing and worked with consultants to highlight value-saving opportunities and ensure that the property would be efficient for many years to come.

Our early involvement with the entire project team allowed EMJ to be fully in-sync with the client to proactively deliver value, resulting in an exceptional and unique client experience, as well as more than $2 million in savings for the client.

“This project was an exceptional example of C2C’s approach because our team was involved early enough that we could help guide the client to understand its goals for the project,” said Ray Catlin, Executive Vice President.

“This was Farmer Brothers’ first construction project, and I believe this team provided an outstanding experience for them while delivering a project that will continue to bring them value and achieve their goals for many years.”

 


Last year, the project was recognized as Best Outside Relocation Real Estate Deal by the Dallas Business Journal and Best New Industrial Project by D CEO Magazine.

Farmer Brothers Headquarters team members include:
Glenard Ratcliff
Andy Munsch
Mike McVey
Andres Soriano
Rickey Palmer
John Scanlon
Jerry Soriano
Andy Soriano
James Norwine
Scott Reppond
Solina Bartnicki
Shaunese Farris
Sheila Nazario-Thomas

Congratulations to this outstanding team who went above and beyond to bring the client an exceptional construction experience and unique value. See more photos of Farmer Brothers’ corporate headquarters on our projects page.

Farmer Brothers headquarters honored by D CEO

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The fourth annual D CEO Commercial Real Estate Awards was held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. Farmer Brothers’ 500,000 square-foot office and state-of-the-art distribution center in Denton was nominated for Best New Industrial Project among 51 other local finalists.

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Dallas EVP Ray Catlin attended the event with the Stream team and was thrilled when the project was awarded D CEO’s Best New Industrial Project for 2016. “There were so many finalists for the award; I was pleasantly surprised when they called the [Farmer Brothers/Stream Realty] team to the stage!” Ray said.

“They have been a great partner to us over the years, and it is nice that a project of this caliber is getting the credit it deserves.”

The project, along with the rest of the award winners, will be featured in D CEO’s May issue. See the full story on the project here and read more about our work on the project here.

Farmer Brothers breaks ground on new Dallas headquarters

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Farmer Brothers has chosen EMJ as their Design-Build Contractor for their new corporate headquarters in Dallas, which will include state-of-the-art coffee bean production facilities, offices, and distribution facilities.

The opportunity came to EMJ when Farmer Brothers’ broker was driving through Dallas searching for potential properties for the corporate headquarters, which are currently in Torrance, California. He saw fence screening with the EMJ and Stream logos on a spec building at Connect Park, and was intrigued by the partnership. Farmer Brothers ideally wanted a developer with a team mentality and approach, and the broker believed we would be a good fit.

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EMJ now has a contract with Farmer Brothers for a $25 million, 570,000 sf facility on 28 acres of land. The groundbreaking ceremony was August 11th, and construction will commence this September.

Many of EMJ’s core values align with Farmer Brothers’, and we believe this partnership will be mutually valuable. We believe our collaboration with Farmer Brothers will be beneficial to them and us while bringing the promise of C2C® value to life throughout construction planning and phases.