M. Block & Sons required a clean, temperature-controlled environment to contain its Keurig coffee packaging equipment.  It also required a flexible solution that could grow with its business.

Project Summary

Founded in 1908, M. Block & Sons began as a manufacturer of metal cabinets, hampers and pantry ware, M. Block diversified into distribution when steel became rationed during World War II. In 2013 M. Block & Sons extensively renovated its Chicago distribution facility. At the same time, a clean, temperature-controlled environment was needed to contain its new coffee packaging equipment. M. Block & Sons evaluated hard wall, dry wall, and lumber for its new clean, temperature-controlled coffee packaging room. It found these options to be both costly and did not address M. Block’s future growth plans.

Don Ward, Corporate Facilities Manager, selected InsulWall to help create the room for its Keurig coffee packaging equipment.  InsulWall – the thermal, flexible curtain wall –  was selected for its thermal properties, modularity, and flexibility to grow with the expected expansion.


InsulWall Delivered

InsulWall was installed quickly, controls temperature and humidity, has the ability to expand quickly, and had an unexpected benefit of noise control. InsulWall was hung from the ceiling joists, worked around ventilation systems, and easily framed out a series of roll-up doors. Within two weeks this large coffee packaging clean room was operational with little business interruption to the facility.  “We did a test of the temperature-control this summer – it was 94o outside, 80o in the warehouse, and 74o in the packaging area – proving to us InsulWall’s effectiveness,” said Don Ward.

InsulWall Delivered

  • 209,000 sq. ft. distribution center
  • Coffee packaging equipment
  •  Potential for expansion

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