QUINCY, Wash. — Lynden Ice, a leading producer of quality food-grade packed party and beverage ice in Washington, has announced it will locate a production plant at the Port of Quincy.
The ice freezing, crushing and bagging operation will be able to produce 210 tons of ice per day in a building leased from Columbia Colstor, a leader in temperature-controlled warehousing with more than 50 million cubic feet of refrigerated and frozen warehouse space in the Pacific Northwest.
Lynden Ice’s selection of Quincy complements the port’s emerging reputation as a premier location for refrigerated and frozen shipping, storage and distribution, Port officials said. Quincy ranked as the lowest-cost location for operating temperature-controlled or refrigerated facilities in a recent study of 29 western U.S. and Canadian locations with intermodal connections to regional markets, said Pat Connelly, a port commissioner.
Lynden Ice began in 1985 with 12 customers. The company produces 110 tons of ice per day in Lynden serving approximately 500 customers in Western Washington and nearly 300 customers in Eastern Washington and northeastern Oregon.
With the Quincy operation, the company estimates serving 600 Eastern Washington customers, mostly grocery and convenience stores, within five years. Lynden Ice will employ 9 to 12 full-time employees in Quincy.
— Dan Wheat