Porter County planners OK expansion of Aldi warehouse
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent May 22, 2013 7:10PM
Updated: June 24, 2013 1:53PM
VALPARAISO — Construction could begin in July on a 100,000-square-foot expansion of the Aldi distribution warehouse after the Porter County Plan Commission gave the go-ahead Wednesday for the project.
Company officials said the expansion at the warehouse, at the northwest corner of Division Road and Indiana 49, could be complete by the end of winter.
The Porter County Council granted the expansion a 10-year tax abatement at its April 23 meeting. The expanded warehouse is expected to add 15 jobs over three years; the facility has 138 employees now and dozens of contract workers.
Attorney Todd Leeth, representing Aldi, said the facility was constructed in 1991, with 341,000 square feet for the warehouse and 19,000 square feet for office space. In 2006, an additional 47,716 square feet was added to the warehouse.
“Business is good and we have the need for additional room,” Leeth said, adding the company purchased the land in 1990 with an eye toward expansion. The warehouse serves about 50 stores in Northwest Indiana and Chicago.
The addition will be on the north side of the building, with 61,482 square feet of temperature-controlled storage for perishable items, and another 40,000 square feet for dry storage, Leeth said.
The project has already undergone review for stormwater management and erosion control, and includes landscaping plans for the expansion area.
The project also includes an access road to the new portion of the building, which will be an aggregate stone to match the existing structure.