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Blue Rock delivers cold storage/freezer facility for J&J Snack Foods in Woolwich, New Jersey

Updated: Feb 14



Woolwich, NJ — Blue Rock Construction delivered a new 200,640 s/f cold storage/freezer facility for owner Dermody Properties and tenant J&J Snack Foods at LogistiCenter at Woolwich.

Based in Pennsauken, J&J Snack Foods is the nation’s leading provider of nutritious and affordable niche snack foods to food service and retail supermarket outlets across the country.

J&J Snack Foods produces such snack icons as SUPERPRETZEL, ICEE, Luigi’s Italian Ice, and Dippin’ Dots beaded ice cream, along with other baked goods and frozen beverages.

The new building features:

• 150,000 s/f Freezer (-10°)

• 40,000 s/f Dock Area (35°-40°)

• 8,500 s/f Office

• 6,400 sf freezer (-45°) for Dippin' Dots

• 22 dock doors to keep a temperature of 36°F for optimal shipping

Midway through the project, J&J Snack Foods purchased Dippin' Dots, a producer of flash-frozen beaded ice cream treats, which added a late change of plans for the facility.

Dippin' Dots required an extremely cold environment (-45°) that Blue Rock had to construct within the -10° freezer.

"Before the purchase of Dippin' Dots, we were preparing to pour slabs and complete the underground glycol floor warming system throughout the entire -10 freezer," said Blue Rock senior VP Kevin Kelly.

"With the help of the engineers and architect, we were able to quickly come up with a design for the new -45 freezer area."

The -45° freezer area includes 8 inches of under-slab insulation, 8 inches of IMP wall and ceiling panels, specialized refrigeration/fire protection systems, and the installation of an HCR Door at the freezer’s entrance.

A specialized HCR door was installed to act as an air curtain while blowing hot air between the different temperature spaces to combat freezing/condensation issues.

All aspects of the -45° freezer design were strategically engineered to withstand the harsh temperatures and conditions of the storage space. The construction was completed without delaying any other activities and the overall schedule of the job.

LogistiCenter at Woolwich expands the company’s footprint along the East Coast, allowing it to produce and deliver products at a more efficient rate.

The new building is also J&J Snack Foods' largest stand-alone facility in the country and is expected to create 90 new jobs in Southern NJ.

J&J Snack Foods uses over 175 facilities in 44 states, Mexico, and Canada for manufacturing, warehousing, and distributing products.

LogistiCenter at Woolwich is a three-building industrial park in Gloucester County, where it covers over one million s/f. It is owned by Dermody Properties, a private equity real estate investment and management

Blue Rock achieved success in a project for Dermody Properties and J&J Snack Foods by collaborating with top-tier companies in the industry. The project team comprises:

AMC Fire Protection • American Overhead Door & Dock, Inc.• Atlantic City Electric • Builders Door & Hardware, Inc. • Cambridge Constructors & Engineers, LLC • Design Plastic • Fabbri Concrete Contractors • Gianerelli Inc. • ICI Flooring, Inc. • Kevin J. Bailey and Son Plumbing and Heating • Lyndon Steel • Malco Electric • New Jersey Department of Transportation • O'Donnell & Naccarato • Perfect Touch Landscape & Irrigation • Perley-Halladay Associates, Inc. • Pro Precision • RD&S Refrigeration • Ruggieri & Partners • South Jersey Gas • South Jersey Glass & Door Co. • Taylor Made Custom Cabinetry & Design • Township Fence Inc. • Woolwich Township

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