As it marks 70 years in the fresh produce business, Hardie’s Fruit & Vegetable Co., Dallas, has expanded operations at Houston’s Produce Row.

Tony Stachurski, vice president for Hardie’s Houston, said in a news release the location has more than double the space and now includes more than 40,000 square feet of refrigerated space.

“This expansion is much more than just adding warehouse space,” Stachurski said in the release.

The refurbishment of the long, narrow 61-year-old building, which was originally designed for loading railcars, was partly in response to the growing demand for fresh produce by chefs in the Houston area.

New processing equipment for the fresh-cut room and a dozen new refrigerated delivery trucks help Hardie’s meet those culinary demands.

Other improvements include energy efficient freezer space and new seals on dock doors to ensure the cold chain is maintained.

Security improvements and energy efficient lighting are also part of the revamped facility, according toHardie’s Fruit & Vegetable expands in Houston the release.

Describing the facility as a “truly unique space for produce,” Hardie’s division president Mark Austin said in the release that the Produce Row is essential in the company’s plan to grow business throughout Texas.

The company has a fleet of more than 100 trucks that provide daily stops from the Red River to the Rio Grande.

The company also has facilities in Austin and San Antonio, and a cross dock in McAllen.