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June 23, 2017

Ribbon Cutting for Commercial Freezer Facility Near SEA-TAC Airport

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BURIEN, Wash., June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Distribution Services (WDS) of Burien, WA, along with Kidder Mathews (KM) of Seattle, WA, Bridge Development Partners (BDP) of Chicago, IL, and Tippmann Innovation (TI) of Fort Wayne, IN, are proud to announce the ribbon cutting of an advanced, convertible refrigerated/freezer warehouse near Seattle's Sea-Tac Airport. The ceremony, held on June 23, 2017 at 1010 South 146th St. in Burien, Washington, is the culmination of a project that brought the four companies together to create a state of the art facility to service the rising need for cold storage in the growing Seattle area.

WDS will operate the new facility which was designed and constructed by Tippmann Innovation with Bridge Development serving as developer. The massive 241,140-square-foot facility will house 41,000 pallets with the versatility to operate a range of temperatures to accommodate products from fresh perishables to frozen foods. The warehouse was built on a 15-acre site that came with its own set of challenges, including a sloping terrain. Over 100,000 cubic yards of soil was moved during construction. However, the close proximity to the airport provides a huge advantage for WDS' cold storage customers.

Brian Niven of Bridge Development explains the impact of the location, "This location is the equivalent of having seats on the 50 yard line at the Super Bowl. It is at the center of a growing area with easy access to several transportation options, including land, sea and air. With today's heavy emphasis on fresh products, this facility is perfectly positioned for quick distribution to just about anywhere in the country."

Built to fit the needs of WDS, the new facility meets all their expectations and then some. "We have been looking for a cold storage solution for several years," says John Naylor, WDS president. He said that once they were able to secure the land, WDS knew they wanted Tippmann to design and build the facility. "This is not their first rodeo. They have the experience and expertise we needed. If I were going to build another cold storage facility, I would call them again."

Dan Mathews of Kidder Mathews recalls how the project team was created. "Kidder Mathews, Tippmann Innovation and Bridge Development were very compatible working as a team. We each recognized the other companies' unique perspective and strengths. We all shared in the vision to make the needs of the customer the highest priority. Collectively, we were able to create the right solution for WDS and their customers."

Tippmann Innovation, a leader in the planning and building of cold storage facilities, worked with BDP and WDS to design a modern, efficient facility that has the capacity and the flexibility to provide refrigerated service as the needs arise, using the most advanced technology in the industry.

About Tippmann Innovation. Tippmann Innovation is an award winning, specialty industrial cold storage builder that develops buildings around a business plan, ensuring that an investment becomes a profit center. TI utilizes time-honed expertise and advanced technology solutions to create efficient buildings that scale with a business, and are designed to maximize profitability through fully integrating operations and supply chain, by design. TI provides a full suite of cold storage construction services, including master site planning and operations guidance. TI's innovations include the Patented QF+ in-rack freezing and thawing system, coupled with the T2 spacer system that creates the fastest system available. TI has offices in Indiana, Illinois and Florida and operates internationally.
Learn more about this project: https://www.ticold.com/Western-Distribution-Services

About Western Distribution Services. WDS operates top cold storage warehousing facilities in the Pacific NW Region and offers a breadth of services designed to protect customer assets, improve distribution efficiency and save money. WDS provides customers the critical vision, information, service, flexibility and partnership to make them more competitive. Learn more at wdscold.com.

About Bridge Development Partners, LLC. Named GCFD's 2016 Developer of the Year, Bridge Development Partner's goal is to develop and acquire properties that add investor value. Headquartered in Chicago, Bridge develops investment-grade buildings and business parks and acquires land for the development of speculative and build-to-suit projects. Additionally, Bridge develops and owns cold storage and refrigerated facilities throughout the Chicago and now Seattle areas. Learn more at bridgedev.com.

About Kidder Mathews. Founded over 40 years ago, Kidder Mathews is now the largest independent commercial real estate firm on the West Coast with nearly 700 employees in 20 offices throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. Kidder Mathews has built a reputation of absolute integrity, high-level expertise and incredible client service that continuously impresses clients. Learn more at kiddermathews.com.

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