Designed for food processing and temperature-controlled storage applications, an air-cooled, low charge ammonia freezer is charged with as little as 0.52 kg/kW of natural refrigerant ammonia. Azanefreezer 2.0 reduces refrigerant charge by up to 96 percent compared to traditional ammonia systems and avoids the need for complex valve stations within the cold storage or food production facility.
Americold acquired privately held Lanier Cold Storage for $82 million. Lanier Cold Storage consists of two temperature-controlled storage facilities, which total over 14 million ft3 and approximately 51,000 pallet positions, in Gainesville and Lula, Ga.
Stellar is designing and building a new facility for Fairlife LLC, a producer of nutritious milk beverages. The 300,000 ft2 production and distribution facility in Goodyear, Ariz., will incorporate advanced manufacturing technologies and energy-saving equipment to reduce power consumption.
A M King completed a large expansion and renovation at Aldi’s food distribution facility in South Windsor, Conn., increasing the space 170,000 ft2 to 670,000 ft2. The project includes additional cold storage and dry warehouse space, providing an opportunity for the grocer to increase its product offerings.
EarthFresh Farms, Burlington, Ontario, is expanding into the southeastern United States with an advanced technological packing plant and distribution center in Atlanta, Ga. The 140,000 ft2 facility, EarthFresh Atlanta, will employ over 100 people when fully operational in September 2019.
Americold Realty Trust (Americold) entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Chiller Holdco LLC (Cloverleaf Cold Storage) for $1.24 billion. Cloverleaf, Sioux City, Iowa, is the fifth-largest cold storage provider in the United States by refrigerated cubic feet. The portfolio to be acquired consists of 22 facilities in nine states totaling 132 million refrigerated ft3.
Fully integrated design-build firm A M King completed an expansion project for Cheney Brother’s distribution center in Statesville, N.C. The 169,338 ft2 cold storage addition will allow Cheney Brothers to expand its refrigeration capabilities and generate 100 full-time jobs at the facility.
Preferred Freezer Services will invest $60 million to build a 200,000 ft2 cold storage warehouse in Portsmouth, Va. The facility will be used to import, export, process and distribute a range of food products. It will include over 31,000 pallet positions. The project is expected to create 60 new jobs.
Yusen Logistics expanded its food cold storage facilities at Tsuen Wan Logistics Center in Hong Kong, tripling capacity. The chilled facility provides storage at a temperature range between 35 and 39°F (2 and 4°C) and the frozen facility provides storage up to -13°F (-25°C). This enables the combined facilities to handle a range of products, including processed foods, perishable commodities and alcoholic beverages.
Valley Cold Storage & Transportation expanded its operation in Santa Teresa, N.M. The $16.5 million investment will reportedly create up to 10 new jobs over the next three years. Valley Cold Storage provides refrigeration and transportation services to the food and agricultural industries in southern New Mexico and west Texas.