On Oct. 12, WinWholesale broke ground on its new regional distribution center in Middletown, Conn.

WinWholesalewill open two new regional distribution centers in Middletown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., respectively. These new centers will replace smaller, leased facilities in Denver and North Haven, Conn.  

WinWholesale, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, expects the distribution centers to open in 2013. Work on the Middletown location began on Oct. 12 and work on the Aurora facility should start on Oct. 30. In Middletown, the building will be nearly 200,000 sq. ft. and the Aurora location will be around 242,000 sq. ft., and both will have offices and training spaces.  

“Building larger distribution centers in Connecticut and Colorado fits with WinWholesale’s growth strategy by providing space to stock the breadth and depth of existing and new products our locations need to grow their business, and for the organization to expand, “ WinWholesale CEO and ChairmanRick Schwartzsaid.  

The cost of the expansion is approximately $31.5 million. WinWholesale hired The Adkins Group as the general contractor for the Middletown project. In Aurora, a general contractor has yet to be selected.  

Pictured here:  From left, groundbreakers are Tom Kemp, WinWholesale board member; Dan Drew, Middletown mayor; Dan Skelly, WinWholesale regional financial officer; Paul Donarum, vice president, WinWholesale Sourcing Services; Keith Kruysman, Portland Winair president; Andy Holmes, WinWholesale Easter Region area leader; Prisco Panza, Shelton Winnelson president; Rick Schwartz, WinWholesale CEO and chairman.