SIOUX CITY | A longtime Sioux City refrigeration business could be operating in a brand-new, multimillion-dollar facility by early summer 2018.
Keizer Refrigeration is planning to open an expanded facility along Harbor Drive, eight miles to the south of its current location in the 3200 block of Highway 75. As part of its relocation and expansion, the company also plans to add 12 new workers to its current staff of 35.
"We're excited to grow in Sioux City," president Shane Keizer said. "We're happy to be along the interstate and get some more exposure, as well."
The new 55,000-square-foot facility at 5200 Harbor Drive will include a two-floor office area for sales, a sales floor for truckers to purchase items and parts, and then an open-bay area for truck and trailer work. Keizer said the project will be an investment of $7 million to $8 million and will double the company's service and parts area.
Sioux City's Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5-0 two weeks ago to approve a final plat for the property. The plat will go before the City Council for approval at its meeting Monday.
The development would occur on about 20 acres of a 30-acre property. The rest will be split into two lots -- measuring four acres and six acres, respectively -- which W.A. Klinger, the company that currently owns the land and will be constructing the facility, will retain for future development.
Keizer said the goal is to open by June 1, 2018.
He added that the new location's proximity to the soon-to-open Seaboard Triumph Foods pork facility in the city's Bridgeport West Industrial Park should add an influx of business.
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"When John Morrell closed (in 2010), it kind of hurt us," he said. "I think the new pork plant will help our business. It will bring a lot more customers into the area."
Keizer Refrigeration begain in 1976 when Jim Keizer, Shane's father, began operating on refrigeration units at truck stops and businesses out of the back of his pickup truck. The business currently operates in Sioux City, Sioux Falls, Omaha and Des Moines. The company purchased the Mid-States Utility Trailer Sales in 2001.
In other action, the council will vote whether to authorize the sale of land and a development agreement with logistics company Monterey Management LLC for land in the city's Bridgeport West Industrial Park.
The company plans to purchase two parcels of land totaling 9.52 acres for $325,000. In turn, it will construct three facilities -- a three-bay truck wash facility with an office, a single-bay biosecurity facility and a dispatching facility -- on the premises, with possibilities for future site improvements.
The council has deferred the agreement multiple times due to ongoing negotiations. Two weeks ago, the council deferred the item one more time to allow for time to read over the drafted development agreement.
Spalding Park improvements
The council will also hear a presentation Monday by interns with JEO Consulting Group on plans and specifications for potential upgrades to Spalding Park, 4101 Stone Ave.
According to city documents, proposed improvements include a walking trail, fencing, park benches, bike racks, and trail signage. The plans were developed at no cost to the city.