Industrialinfo.com (Industrial Information Resources Inc; Houston, Texas) has confirmed that ConAgra Foods Incorporated (NYSE:CAG; Omaha, Neb.) has started construction on a new 500,000 square foot distribution center located on 44 acres in Lebanon, Ind., to support distribution of raw food products that go into ConAgra brand food products.

Opus North Corporation (Westerville, Ohio) has been selected as the general contractor and site construction began back in mid-August. Construction will be completed by April 2002 on this facility that will mainly distribute dry goods. Of the total 500,000 square feet, 25,000 square feet of the facility will be refrigerated area. The remaining area of 475,000 square feet will act as dry storage area and office space. The shipping docks will consist of 100 doors for tractor-trailer loading. A railroad spur will also be installed on the south side of the building to tie into CSX rail lines to receive and ship products via rail.

The distribution center located at Indiana State Highway 39 and Interstate 65 will provide ConAgra with a prime location for receiving products from America's heartland. Operations at the new facility will run seven days a week and bring up to 150 new jobs to the area. Early estimates on construction costs are roughly $25 million.

ConAgra Food Products is North America's No. 1 foodservice supplier and No. 2 supplier to grocery stores. Last year it recorded over $27 billion in sales with its 33 major brands and value-added products.

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