General Sessions

General sessions at the IACSC Conference & Expo provide attendees a thorough look at the latest innovations in cold facility design and building. Session details are provided below.

Friday, November 11

Opening General Session

Conference Welcome and Opening Remarks
IACSC “Built by the Best” Award Winner Presentation
Keynote Presentation: Award Winners – Lineage Logistics, Titan Frozen Fruit Cold Storage and Processing Facility in Santa Maria, CA

Scott Guimond, Fisher Construction Group
Bill Langley, Fisher Construction Group

Dan Powers, Fisher Construction Group
Jim Romine, LIneage Logistics 
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Ocean Salon III, Floor 1
Sponsored by EVAPCO, Inc.

Lineage Logistics contracted with Fisher Construction Group to build a 216,777 sq.ft. LEED certified facility, which includes 151,000 sq. ft. of cold storage and dock space, and 65,000 sq. ft. dedicated to onsite food processing for Lineage’s tenant Titan Frozen Fruit. With the capacity to blast freeze 1 million pounds of product per day, the facility will play a major role in meeting the expanding food processing needs in the Santa Maria, California region. One of the more unique factors of the project is the shared resources and expertise between the third-party logistics company and the food processor.  Join representatives from all three companies as they discuss the in’s and out’s of the project.

Low Charging into the Future

Jake Stefan, ARCO Design/Build

Kurt Liebendorfer, Evapco Inc.
Caleb Nelson, Azane Incorporated
Jeremy Olberding, Colmac Coil Manufacturing Inc.
John Scherer, NXTCOLD LLC
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Ocean Salon III, Floor 1

Hear from industry experts as they discuss what a low charge ammonia system is, how their companies use it, and the future of refrigeration.

General Session

Industry Innovations: Building ALDI’s New Regional HQ & Distribution Center

Daren Sealover, Graycor Construction Company
Brian McGee, ALDI, Inc.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Ocean Salon III, Floor 1

A leader in the grocery retail industry, ALDI Inc. recently expanded to the West Coast of the United States with their new Regional Headquarters and Distribution Center located in Moreno Valley, California. Graycor Construction Company, an IACSC member, led the project as the design-build partner. The 835,000-square-foot building houses 270,000 square feet of cold storage space with five different space temperature, 480,000 square feet of ambient dry storage space, and a two-story corporate office. The fast track design/build delivery method resulted in ALDI occupying the building two weeks ahead of schedule and under budget. Attend this session to hear more about the project and how the team worked together to meet challenges and stay on task.   

Saturday, November 12

General Session

Keynote Presentation: How Home Delivery is Shaking Up the Supply Chain

Louis Borders, Founder & CEO of Home Delivery Service
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Ocean Salon III, Floor 1


Louis Borders is the founder and CEO of HDS Global, an online mall/ecommerce service consumers can use to shop for groceries and general merchandise from the world’s leading retailers. HDS has developed RoboFS™, a software-defined fulfillment system that combines intelligent vision with mobile and articulated robots into an integrated, end-to-end solution. Borders was also a founder of Borders Books & Music, Synergy Software, and Webvan.

Borders will speak to attendees about the construction and design elements that are featured in HDS’ home delivery service warehouses. He will also address HDS Global’s model and how the model, as well as construction/design groups, will affect the supply chain.

Closing General Session

IACSC Business Meeting
Keynote Presentation: New Strategies in an Old Industry

Steven Schussler – Entrepreneur and creator of Rainforest Café
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Ocean Salon III, Floor 1
Sponsored by Guntner U.S., LLC

schusslerEntrepreneur and Rainforest Café creator Steven Schussler will present on ways to keep creativity alive in the cold storage industry. From business practices to employee engagement, he will harness the passion, innovation and experience he has developed throughout this career to motivate attendees to breakout of old routines.