Americold Breaks Ground for First Facility on CPKC Network in Missouri

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Americold Realty Trust has officially broken ground on a new $127 million refrigerated warehouse in Kansas City, Missouri. State and local leaders joined company executives on April 29 to celebrate the investment in Missouri. It is expected that the project will create nearly 190 new jobs.

“This is yet another example of an industry-leading employer choosing Missouri due to our economic advantages,” said Governor Mike Parson. “Innovative Americold’s company’s presence in Kansas City is a welcome addition to the region’s thriving logistics sector.”

The planned 335,000-square-foot facility in Kansas City (see rendering below) is part of a strategic collaboration with Canadian Pacific Kansas City to co-locate Americold warehouse facilities on the CPKC network.

“We are thrilled to break ground on a new cold storage facility in Kansas City,” said George Chappelle, chief executive officer of Atlanta, Georgia-headquartered Americold. “This facility is the first to be built as part of our strategic collaboration with CPKC. By combining our cold storage capabilities with CPKC’s extensive rail network, we are poised to deliver a differentiated offering to support more customers across North America.”

“The groundbreaking for this new facility marks the beginning of a significant collaboration that shows what we can achieve with vision and working together for our customers,” said Keith Creel, president and chief executive officer of CPKC. “This project is the first of many across our network and, when combined with our unparalleled cross-border service, will build a new refrigerated supply chain for our customers. Just over one year ago here in Kansas City, when we celebrated the creation of CPKC, we talked about the unique economic benefits our unrivaled network would bring to Kansas City, Missouri and beyond. We are seeing that happen today.”

The new facility will support CPKC’s Mexico Midwest Express (MMX) service, North America’s only single-line rail service offering for refrigerated shippers between US Midwest markets and Mexico. It will also enable more seamless and efficient service for MMX customers.

About Americold Realty Trust
Americold is a global leader in temperature-controlled logistics real estate and value-added services. Focused on the ownership, operation, acquisition and development of temperature-controlled warehouses, Americold owns and/or operates 245 temperature-controlled warehouses, with approximately 1.5 billion refrigerated cubic feet of storage, in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and South America. Its facilities are an integral component of the supply chain connecting food producers, processors, distributors, and retailers to consumers.