Lineage Logistics, a provider of temperature-controlled logistics solutions, signed a definitive agreement to acquire Preferred Freezer Services, a global network of temperature-controlled warehouses. The combined company will operate more than 1.3 billion ft3 of temperature-controlled capacity across 200 facilities in North America, Europe and Asia.
Tippmann Innovation and Table Talk Pies broke ground on cold storage facility in Worcester, Mass., that sits adjacent to the pie maker’s 150,000 ft2 manufacturing facility. The 34,00 ft2 -10°F freezer warehouse with 3,440 pallet positions will enable Table Talk to streamline its production and distribution processes.
According to a local report, Cloverleaf Cold Storage is planning a $4.2 million, 46,000 ft2 expansion at its 219,000 ft2 agricultural cold storage facility in Columbus, Ohio. The project would add five jobs to a staff of 31 at the plant, which includes an industrial freezer and loading docks.
Conagra Brands plans to invest approximately $78 million to expand operations at its Beaver Dam facility in Wisconsin. The project, which is expected to create about 140 full-time jobs over the next five years, will increase the 350,000 ft2 cold storage and vegetable packaging facility.
Tippmann Innovation, a cold storage construction company, completed a cold storage and meat processing facility for Wolverine Packing Co. The 180,000 ft2 warehouse in Detroit includes a freezer with capacity to store 20,000 pallets.
Americold acquired privately held PortFresh Holdings LLC, a temperature-controlled operator servicing fresh produce trade primarily through the Port of Savannah in Georgia, for approximately $35 million. Americold plans to build a 15 million ft3 cold storage facility on land owned by PortFresh. The planned facility will include 37,000 pallet positions, advanced blast freezing capabilities and space to support refrigerated-containerized trade.
Construction started on a 52,000 ft2 cold storage warehouse in Northern Ireland, the first of its kind in the country. The plant, which will allow products to be stored from -25°F to 5°F, is expected to create 50 new jobs by 2020.
Cloverleaf Cold Storage will invest $21 million to expand its facility in Chesapeake, Va. The expansion, which is expected to create 33 new jobs, will add 100,000 ft2 and allow the company to increase its blast freezing capabilities.
Four workers at a cold storage facility in the Rakhial village of Dehgam taluka in Gandhinagar district in India died when an ammonia cylinder exploded, says The Times of India. According to local reports, those on the scene speculate that the incident occurred when the four were welding while gas started leaking from the cylinder.