State-of-the-art facility to make positive impact on local economy

FARMINGTON, NEW YORK, JUNE 3, 2022 – Leonard’s Express – a leading transportation services provider offering refrigerated trucking, dry van, warehousing, and freight brokerage services – will celebrate the construction of their new state-of-the-art, temperature-controlled warehouse on June 9, 2022. The 114,500 square-foot refrigerated warehouse meets the most stringent requirements for storing temperature-controlled products. The building is comprised of five 20,000 square foot rooms, each of which can be temperature controlled between -10- and 45-degrees Fahrenheit. Located in Shortsville, New York, this new facility has already begun to have a positive impact on the local economy.  


Leonard’s Express will celebrate the construction of the warehouse with a topping-out ceremony and press conference on Thursday, June 9, 2022, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at 3740 Walters Lane in Shortsville, New York.


“This will be a big day for our company, and especially for the dedicated employees who made this warehouse happen,” said CEO Ken Johnson. Members of the Leonard’s Express leadership team, workers and other guests will sign the topmost warehouse beam before it is erected, and refreshments will be served. Joining in the ceremony are Chrisanntha Construction Corporation’s owner Kevin Bragg, whose company directed the facility’s design and construction, and New York State Assemblyman Jeff Gallahan, whose 131st District covers Ontario County and parts of Seneca County.


Warehouse Expected to Have Significant Positive Impact

“The site of the warehouse in Shortsville, NY is an excellent distribution point for Upstate New York, eastern Canada, and the entire Northeast Corridor. Located just minutes from the New York State Thruway (I-90), the facility also has convenient rail spur access to the Finger Lakes Railway. “Our customers need to deliver their products quickly and efficiently. We believe the warehouse will maximize transportation opportunities for them, while minimizing costs and risks for perishable cargo,” Johnson added. “And we expect it to foster and enable the economic development of the county, and the Rochester area.”


The new refrigerated warehouse has already begun to have an impact on the Upstate New York economy, immediately employing workers to renovate a facility that was vacated when Great Lakes Kraut closed their local plant. “In 2019 this property was going to be shuttered,” Johnson commented.” We purchased it and turned it into a viable business, and now we’re investing in that property and in the community. As the warehouse becomes operational in the next few months, we’ll be adding more staff to manage it.”


Warehouse Designed to Meet Customer Needs

The warehouse is designed to meet vital customer needs on many levels. For starters, carriers can pull their vehicles into a refrigerated loading dock, then open the truck’s doors, so there’s no risk of damaging cargo with a sudden temperature change.


In addition, state-of-the-art ethernet communication technology allows authorized end users to log into the refrigeration system remotely and adjust temperature, barometric pressure, heaters, and fan motors, all from a mobile app or computer. The building is also uniquely energy efficient, with floor insulation and a heated Glycol loop, which prevent floor heaving from permafrost in freezers used over extended periods of time. The facility’s innovative security system monitors activity both inside and outside the buildings, which also strengthens chain of custody compliance.


“This project showcases some of the most advanced technology available for refrigerated warehouses and reinforces Leonard’s Express’ position as an elite transportation services provider,” said Kevin Bragg, Owner of Chrisanntha Construction Corporation. “Leonard’s will use remote sensing of room temperatures, fans, and compressors so they know if any of the components go offline. If coil pressures increase or decrease, Leonard’s employees will be alerted to potential maintenance issues before they become catastrophic. The drive-through dock technology, where trailer doors are not opened until the truck is sealed to the building, was developed for the food industry to minimize pest infiltration, and in this case, to minimize ambient air entering through an open load dock door prior to a truck connection. All of these features are key to keeping perishable foods fresh and significantly reducing energy costs.”


About Leonard’s Express

Leonard’s Express is a family-owned asset-based transportation provider in Farmington, New York with offices located throughout the United States. We provide transportation solutions for a wide range of customers that encompass many industries. With our nationwide footprint, we are prepared to tailor a solution to fit your specific supply chain needs.
With our state-of-the-art technology and dedicated staff, Leonard’s Express is willing and able to provide dependable, diversified, and creative solutions that are responsive and cost-effective.


Media Alert – Coverage Opportunity

What: Leonard’s Express press conference and topping-out ceremony at new refrigerated warehouse

When: Thursday, June 9, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: 3740 Walters Lane, Shortsville, New York


Media Contact
Shannon Struzik

VP of Marketing, People & Development
Leonard’s Express