Texas Construction News from Virtual Builders Exchange
Posted: 10-20-2017, 1:55 p.m.
by Adolfo Pesquera
McAllen (Hidalgo County) – SiCar Farms, formerly known as Limex Sicar, is planning to construct a cold storage distribution center in the Sharyland Business Park to accommodate the Mexico-based company’s expansion.
Limex Sicar Ltd. Company, the Texas entity created by Sicar Farms of Colima, Mexico, purchased a 5.7-acre tract in the business park, 6700 S. Bentsen Road, in 2008 in anticipation of future expansion. Since its expansion into Texas in 2004, the company has been using warehouses in Mission and Hidalgo.
In March of 2016, the company changed its brand name to SiCar Farms. A new distribution center has been needed for some time to keep up with the company’s growth.
In 2015, SiCar Farms marketed more than 3.5 million cases of limes, a 58 percent increase over 2014. Chief Executive Officer Luis Gudino stated during the name change announcement that projections for 2016 called for a 48 percent increase.
“SiCar is one of the largest, vertically-integrated lime companies in the world, with year-round supply,” Gudino stated.
The Packer, a produce industry publication, reported in late 2016 that SiCar Farms was also expanding into tomatoes, pineapples and other fruits and vegetables. The company operates farms in the states of Columa, Veracruz, Jalisco and Michoacan. It then ships the produce to company-owned distribution centers in Texas and California.
McAllen-based SAMES Inc.–an engineering, design and construction services firm hired by SiCar Farms–submitted an Architectural Barriers Project report with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation that describes the project as the Limex Distribution Center and gives it an estimated cost of $12 million.
SAMES stated that this will be a “new cold storage facility for lime and lemon distribution,” and estimated that construction could begin this month, with a completion time of about nine months. No details were given on the type of construction, but warehouses in Sharyland Business Park are typically of tilt wall on concrete foundations high enough to handle tractor-trailer cargo bays.
The SiCar Farms project site is adjacent to the Rio Valley Switching Company rail line and just north of a WalMart distribution warehouse.
SiCar Farms apparently intends to increase staff in Hidalgo County with completion of the warehouse. The company participated in a job fair in August at the McAllen Public Library.
SiCar Farms new warehouse project site.