Americold has opened a cold-storage facility for agricultural products in Heyburn, Idaho, bringing to three the number of facilities the Atlanta-based company operates in the Gem State.
The company, which offers temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics to the food industry, announced the opening of the Heyburn facility on Monday, stating it would complement its other Idaho facilities in Burley and Nampa.
The 160,000-square-foot building has capacity for more than 17,000 pallets — 10,000 steel-racked and 7,000 bulk-storage positions, Daniel Cooke, Americold marketing director, told Capital Press.
The company provides warehouses for refrigerated and frozen ag products to support the food logistics industry, assisting with storage, transportation and delivery, he said.
The company’s customers include some of the largest companies represented in the frozen and refrigerated aisles in the supermarket. Americold stores and transports all of those products, from ice cream to meats and vegetables, Cooke said.
The company located a second facility in the Magic Valley of south-central Idaho in response to customers who were looking for additional space and non-customers looking for new space, he said.
“Our customers have told us — and our research has shown — that the Magic Valley region is poised for exponential growth potential in the dairy and agriculture industries, and the demand for temperature-controlled, secure storage is rapidly increasing,” Americold President and COO Fred Boehler, said in a press release.
The facility’s close proximity to the Union Pacific rail line and Interstate 84 provides customers greater transportation alternatives to suit their distribution models, he said.
The company is leasing a facility recently vacated by the Simplot Co., Cooke said. The property lies within the industrial park owned by the city of Burley and managed by the Boyer Co. of Ogden, Utah, said Doug Manning, Burley’s economic development director.
Americold has been in touch with Boyer for some time and was just waiting for Simplot to pull out, he said.
Americold had been looking for space and opportunity in the area and came in right behind Simplot, said Kae Cameron, executive director of the Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce.
Simplot had used the facility for cold storage and warehousing. It was a natural fit and a good opportunity for workers who lost their jobs with Simplot, she said.
Americold will condition the facility to accommodate the local dairy and agricultural market. The secured building, with 10 truck and seven rail dock doors, has the ability to maintain temperatures ranging from 5 degrees to 50 degrees, the company’s press release stated.
The company will employ as many as 35 people at the facility, the press release stated.
According to its website, Americold owns and operates more than 175 temperature-controlled warehouses, with 1 billion cubic feet of storage, in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, China, Argentina and Canada. Its warehouses connect food producers, processors, distributors and retailers to consumers. The company serves more than 3,000 customers and employs 12,000 associates worldwide.