Even COVID-19 can’t slow forever the foodservice industry’s insatiable appetite to grow and evolve. Take, for example, Texas-based Refrigerated Specialist Inc.
The decision to build a combined company headquarters was pretty straightforward. “We had outgrown our space so long ago and we decided to build one more building,” Hester says. “It’s made a lot of difference in terms of reducing some redundancy and teamwork. It has real good noise control, too.”
In addition to expanded offices and space for warehouse and parts distribution, RSI’s new home includes a multimedia indoor training area. “When we are not social distancing, we can cover 24 to 26 people,” Hester says. “With social distancing it’s 10 to 12 people.”
The new space features a large area where the billers and dispatchers that support the various business segments work together. This area includes workspaces that measure six feet by six feet, Hester points out. Previously, depending on what aspect of the business they were working in these individuals could work from the company’s two different locations. “It’s helpful that everyone can walk over and talk to each other,” Hester says. “It helps the culture and creates a good mood internally when everyone sees investment, especially during times like this.”