Lineage Logistics to build cold storage facility in North Charleston

By Liz Segrist
lsegrist@scbiznews.com
Published June 12, 2014

Lineage Logistics plans to break ground next month on a 340,000-square-foot cold storage distribution facility in the Palmetto Commerce Park, according to a news release.

The temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics company is expected to create more than 80 jobs in Charleston County. This is the company’s first operation in South Carolina.

Lineage’s local operations will expand the Port of Charleston’s refrigerated cargo capacity to export more products from inland markets to global ones. S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome said recently the port has had a deficit of cold storage as demand for it increases.

Lineage CEO Bill Hendricksen
Lineage CEO Bill Hendricksen
“The port is experiencing strong growth in the refrigerated container business,” Newsome said in a statement. “The addition of Lineage’s cold storage and blast freezing facility provides Charleston with the increased capabilities necessary to meet the needs of this important cargo segment.”

The ports authority board also recently approved plans to expand its current 55,000-square-foot refrigerated cold storage facility at 1091 Remount Road in North Charleston by 92,000 square feet for cargo that needs to be chilled, refrigerated or frozen. New Orleans Cold Storage will continue to operate the facility, as it has for nearly 30 years.

Last year, Millard Refrigerated Services announced plans to create 87 jobs at a new cold storage distribution facility at Palmetto Commerce Parkway as well.

Lineage Logistics, based in Colton, Calif., will begin construction in July at 7748 Palmetto Commerce Parkway in North Charleston. The site has rail service through Norfolk Southern.

Lineage CEO Bill Hendricksen said the company has been working with state and local officials for over a year to set-up local operations.

“Specific customer needs and comprehensive infrastructure in the world-class Port of Charleston makes this key logistics hub an important addition to our other port-centric facilities on the East Coast,” Hendricksen said in a statement.

The facility will have high-capacity blast freezing and transportation solutions for customers to export proteins to foreign markets. It will also include design features that expedite domestic consumer access to imported products, according to a company statement.

Lineage Logistics is backed by investment firm Bay Grove. The company has facilities in 21 states.

Reach staff writer Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119 or @lizsegrist on Twitter.

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