SARASOTA, Fla. – Halfacre Construction Company (HalfacreConstruction.com), the area’s oldest, most established, locally owned and operated private commercial construction company, will renovate and retrofit a 136,000-square-foot building in West Chester, Ohio, that will become the headquarters of Ohio Eagle Distributing, an Anheuser-Busch beer distributor owned by John Saputo.
Saputo also owns Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, an Anheuser-Busch distributor in Sarasota. Halfacre Construction built Gold Coast Eagle’s Lakewood Ranch headquarters in 2009. While the Gold Coast Eagle building has a Mediterranean-style appearance, the single-story Ohio Eagle building in West Chester has a more modern look.
The renovation of the 15-acre Ohio Eagle site will include the addition of about 70,000 square feet of cold storage and upgrades to driveways, parking areas, electrical and lighting. Enhancements to the exterior of the building and a new front façade are also planned. The existing building is eight years old and was previously used for a bakery supply company.
“Halfacre built the Gold Coast Eagle building and will renovate the Ohio Eagle building to Anheuser-Busch specifications when it comes to insulation, refrigeration and more,” Saputo said. “Beer has to be stored in a precise manner at precise temperatures, and I would consider Halfacre a specialist in beer distribution facilities and any facilities that need refrigeration.”
In addition to cold storage at Gold Coast Eagle, Halfacre Construction has completed several other cold storage projects, including a 52,000-square-foot cold storage Utopia Packing facility in Myakka, Fla., the Dover Fresh Produce facility in Dover, Fla., and Del Monte Produce facility in Plant City, Fla.
The Ohio Eagle project will also entail a complete remodel of 15,000 square feet of offices and a hospitality and training center where Saputo will host events for the community and train his sales force.
“We’re looking forward to this building being the centerpiece of the company,” said Ohio Eagle Distributing President Devyn Dugger. “It will be somewhere we can bring our friends, family, customers and the community and show them what we do. We’re proud to invest in the West Chester community, and we’re proud to build a great facility for our employees.”
Ohio Eagle has 85 employees and serves a three-county area in southwest Ohio that includes Warren, Butler and Preble counties. The company distributes 3.2 million cases of beer a year.
The six-month Ohio Eagle building renovation is scheduled to be completed on April 1.
About Halfacre Construction Company
As the area’s oldest, most established, locally owned and operated private commercial construction company, Halfacre’s foundational strengths stand as evidence that its commercial and industrial construction projects will be delivered on time, within budget, with the utmost integrity and with the expertise and financial strength needed for success. Halfacre Construction also offers its expertise as a green building provider with the resources available to build viable, effective alternatives to reduce energy consumption and preserve natural resources. Staff includes U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) certified professionals who have demonstrated proficiency in green building practices and who possess a thorough grasp of the LEED Green Building Rating System. President Jack Cox serves as president of the Suncoast Charities for Children. For more information, please visit www.HalfacreConstruction.com.