Westrock Coffee Company announced plans Jan. 31 for a $70 million, 530,000-square-foot distribution center on a 30-acre tract in the Conway Industrial Park.
The tilt-wall distribution center will be fully occupied by Westrock Coffee following construction, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. The state-of-the-art development is expected to support product and packaging produced at Westrock Coffee’s expanded extract and ready-to-drink manufacturing facility in Conway, as well as additional distribution needs.
The center will feature 36-foot clear height, approximately 72 dock doors and an ESFR sprinkler system. The distribution center will be located off William J. Clark Drive, approximately 2.2 miles from Westrock Coffee’s current manufacturing facility and recently announced expansion project.
“We are thrilled to announce the construction of our state-of-the-art distribution center, which will allow us to more efficiently and effectively serve our customers with our innovative beverage solutions,” said Joe T. Ford, co-founder and chairman of Westrock Coffee. “This new facility is a testament to our commitment to meeting the growing demand for our products and providing the highest level of service to our valued clients. We look forward to continuing to expand our presence in central Arkansas, and drive Westrock Coffee’s growth and success in the industry.”
The distribution center will give Westrock Coffee more than 1 million square feet of space in Conway. The company purchased the former Kimberly-Clark plant, a 524,000-square-foot facility, in 2021, in Conway’s largest-ever capital investment project. It has invested $275 million in the facility.
Westrock Coffee is a leading integrated coffee, tea, flavors, extracts, and ingredients solutions provider to the retail, foodservice and restaurant, convenience store and travel center, non-commercial, CPG, and hospitality industries.
“Westrock Coffee continues to invest in our operations, and the announcement of this new distribution center is further proof of our commitment to expand our business,” said Will Ford, group president of operations for Westrock Coffee. “In tandem with the development of our manufacturing facility, this center will enhance our capabilities and help our customers continue to innovate in the beverage space, which is undergoing seismic shifts in consumption preferences. With this distribution center, we are truly excited to further cement Westrock Coffee’s connection to the Conway community.”
The center will be developed with Tempus Realty Partners, an Arkansas-based real estate investment partnership.
“Working with an outstanding company like Westrock Coffee that has a tremendous heritage of growth and impact globally and in Arkansas is a real pleasure,” said Dan Andrews, Tempus Realty Partners CEO. “We’re proud to have the opportunity to support their continued expansion in our home state.”
The distribution center will be located on land formerly owned by the Conway Development Corporation.
“We were happy to work with Westrock Coffee and Tempus Realty on this project,” said Brad Lacy, president and CEO of the Conway Development Corporation. “We also appreciate the investment from the City of Conway on new transportation improvements that helped make the project a reality.”
Westrock Coffee is the beverage industry’s “brand behind the brands”, supplying the world’s most recognized brands with the world’s most transformative coffee, tea, flavors, extracts, and ingredients products. The Company is the no. 1 private label coffee and tea provider to U.S. restaurants by volume, and the no. 2 extract provider in ready-to-drink coffee.