The McLane Western Grocery Service Distribution Center, a grocery-store pioneer from 1894, has today evolved into one of the nation’s leading food distribution and logistics companies, serving convenience stores, mass merchandisers, quick service restaurants, drug stores and movie theaters.

A cost-effective, durable single plymembrane – JM TPO 60 – was usedon the McLane Western Grocery ServiceDistribution Center.


The McLane Western Grocery Service Distribution Center, a grocery-store pioneer from 1894, has today evolved into one of the nation’s leading food distribution and logistics companies, serving convenience stores, mass merchandisers, quick service restaurants, drug stores and movie theaters.

Inventory is received each night and ships out every day.

WeatherSure, a fourth generation roofing contractor specializing in restoration and waterproofing, had been servicing the roof for a decade when, as part of a formal bid process, they were approached to provide a condition assessment along with a bid to repair and renovate the 337,100-square-foot roof.

Challenges

The roofing solution needed to meet the needs of four distinct environments: a cold-storage section requiring a consistent 34 degrees Fahrenheit; dry goods storage where a weather-tight environment was critical; occupied offices needing higher, controlled thermal values; and the transportation department housing a maintenance shop, wash bays and dispatch department.

“There is no margin for downtime where foodstuffs are involved,” according to Darryl Lyon at McLane Western. “Expiration dates don’t roll back just because a problem surfaces. And we’d had a long history of leaks with our existing roof. We wanted to trade that situation for long-term protection and durability.”

Solution

WeatherSure’s recommendation was a cost-effective, durable single ply membrane – JM TPO 60. Its long-term weathering, UV-resistance and heat-aging properties provided the ideal roofing system for this multi-use building and the Rocky Mountain environment of fierce sun, snow and hail.

Coincidentally, Johns Manville (JM) was about to start shipping the inaugural production run from its new TPO plant in Scottsboro, Ala. when, during the bid development, Craig Garey discovered that McLane Western was a sister Berkshire Hathaway company to Johns Manville.

“It seemed to all come together for a perfect match,” Garey said.

Officials at McLane Western must have agreed. After a thorough review of all bids, they awarded the project to WeatherSure, who “completed the repair, maintenance and renovation of the facility’s entire roof in three years instead of five and well within budget,” remarked Lyon.

The insulation package and thermal values were retained; damaged insulation over the chiller was changed out; in other areas R-values were brought up; metal counter flashings and edges were pulled back for re-use and JM’s Invinsa Roof Board provided a new substrate for the entire project.

“WeatherSure really watched our costs,” added Lyon. “The project turned out to be a whole lot more than a business transaction … a real relationship developed.”

For more information, visit www.jm.com/roofing.