Updated: Wed, 12/26/2012 - 01:16

Best of 2012: Nordic breaks ground on cold-storage warehouse

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Nordic breaks ground on warehouse

One of the country’s largest cold storage warehouse companies is moving into the Savannah area.

Nordic Logistics and Warehousing LLC has broken ground on its new cutting-edge, temperature-controlled storage facility off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway, less than six miles from the Port of Savannah.

The first phase of the 400,000-square-foot, $50 million facility will open by the end of this year, with phase two expected to be complete by mid-2013, according to Don Schoenl, president and chief executive officer of Nordic.

Once open, the facility will allow for storage of 45,000 pallets of frozen and refrigerated products, USDA inspection, repackaging and the blast freezing of 15 million pounds of product per week.

The company expects to hire 100 employees with the first phase and another 100 with the second.

With the pending expansion of the Port of Savannah, demand for containerized shipments through the port will continue to increase, Schoenl said.

“Our Savannah facility is a reflection of Nordic’s commitment to meet the temperature-controlled supply chain requirements that our customers want today and will need tomorrow,” he said.

Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz welcomed Nordic to the area, noting that the port has had a relationship with the Atlanta-based company for quite some time.

“Right now, we have more demand for refrigerated warehousing than we have facilities,” Foltz said. “Nordic’s commitment to build additional off-terminal, freezer and temperature-controlled cold storage capacity, along with the Georgia Port Authority’s ongoing work to expand on-terminal capacity for refrigerated cargo will make Georgia’s position in the marketplace even stronger.”

The Port of Savannah is No. 2 in the country for exports and the nation’s largest exporter of containerized poultry.

Ross Maple, Nordic’s director of business strategy, credited the pro-business attitude of the state department of economic development, SEDA, the ports, Georgia Power, Georgia Quick Start and the city of Pooler for helping make the expansion possible.

—Business in Savannah

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