On July 16, NAFCO broke ground on a new cold storage freezer facility adjacent to its current seafood processing and distribution facility at the Maryland Market Center. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and Dr. Donald Darnell, executive director of the Maryland Food Center Authority.

ARCO Design/Build Industrial was chosen for the construction of the new frozen seafood logistics building bringing their total footprint at the center to over 160,000 square feet.

Located at 7775 Chesapeake Bay Court the single-story building is being constructed on 6.6 acres of undeveloped land at the current facility owned by Stanley Pearlman Enterprises, Inc. the parent company of NAFCO and Congressional Seafood Company.


“We are very excited to be breaking ground on a new cold storage facility which will allow us to grow our business in the Mid-Atlantic,” said Stanley Pearlman, president of Stanley Pearlman Enterprises. “Howard County has been our home for the past 30 years and we’re happy we are able to continue to call this home and to bring over 50 new jobs to the region.”

NAFCO is a full line fresh and frozen seafood processor, wholesaler and distributor. They process over 115,000 pounds of fishery products daily using state-of-the-art equipment and deliver to over 1,100 grocery and club stores. Their fleet of refrigerated trucks enables daily pickups from fish docks, all major airports and cold storage warehouses throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

The project is expected to be completed in early 2020.