Performance Team, a Maersk Co., hosted a ribbon-cutting customer reception in Houston to launch its cold-storage facility in the U.S. Gulf region. The Houston market is a high growth logistics center in need of more cold-storage capacity for frozen foods and perishables, the company said.

The facility was designed using customer feedback an includes a 90' refrigerated loading dock section for trucks to handle the loading and unloading of refrigerated cargoes faster, safer and at optimal temperature. Drivers also can use on-site truck parking spots with 58 refrigeration plugs available while waiting to unload. Customers can reach the markets of San Antonio, Dallas, Laredo, McAllen, New Orleans and Mobile within a one-day drive.

“We want to introduce more cold-chain capacity and services to make supply chains flow better. Customers are looking for more options in the frozen segment — which is primarily poultry, meat and seafood cargoes here in Houston. We are also targeting imports and exports of fresh produce/flowers, vegetables, dairy and perishables with onsite USDA inspection available,” said Charles Van Der Steene, head of sales.

Performance Team will soon open a Dayton, N.J., location, and construction has begun at other new sites in Charleston, S.C., and Wilmington, N.C.