MFK Finished Goods Depot Construction Update
From MFK Mechanical Engineer Samantha Huselstein
Since the recent production expansion, MFK has increased its capacity to produce life-saving food products from one packaging lane to four. With increased capacity comes the need for increased storage of additional raw materials and more finished goods to send to people in crisis.
MFK is building a new 80x100ft finished goods depot on the north side of the MFK campus in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. It has the capacity to store 42,500 boxes, or 587 metric tons, of product. The project was started in the fall of 2018. Experts in the U.S. designed the foundation and the building. The building is prefabricated in the U.S. and constructed on-site in Haiti. The building will be connected to the existing warehouses by a covered catwalk accessible by the forklift. The building will have two points of access for trucks to be loaded with finished products to ship all over the world.
Since mid-August, Haiti has suffered a fuel shortage, similar to the one experienced early this year. The fuel shortage has brought economic activity to a halt in several Haitian cities with schools, businesses and public institutions closing their doors. Lack of fuel has also led to shuttered gas stations and long lines at the pumps. As a result, the months of September and October have proved to be difficult for construction given the conditions in Haiti. Construction on the depot is taking longer than originally planned; however, steady progress is being made as Haiti works towards stability and normalcy.
Building construction began in June 2019 and will be completed by the end of the year. MFK is excited to start using the new storage facility and is open to new opportunities for production planning.