CLEVELAND — Inconspicuous isn’t a word that really fits the Sanson Co.’s move off the Northern Ohio Food Terminal about 2½ years ago.


It’s one thing to lose the presence of one of the largest fresh produce distributors in the area, but just look over the back of the terminal’s high-dock side, and it’s evident that Sanson isn’t really gone at all. A huge new facility looms large in the produce terminal’s background, and it’s about to get even bigger.


Sanson plans on adding another 13,000 square feet to the 165,000 it already operates in its facility. Like all of the previous space in the building, the addition will be fully refrigerated and dock-sealed, so that the cold chain is broken for neither incoming nor outgoing produce.


“We’re adding another 13,000 square feet of additional refrigerated space — 400 full pallet positions,” said Sam Zingale, vice president of Sanson. “We’ll move into the new area by the end of this year. We’re also expanding our customer loading area. That, too, is fully refrigerated.”


Zingale said the main reason for the expansion and upgrade was to enhance the facility’s food safety measures. “We needed to modernize our warehouse in terms of food safety,” Zingale said. “And also, just as important, to maximize efficiency to cut operating costs.”