Blackline Cold Storage and affiliates held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 12 at the site of a planned 298,000-square-foot refrigerated warehouse to be owned in partnership with Artemis Real Estate Partners at Port Houston, Texas. The state-of-the-art facility will provide approximately 70 new jobs in the area when the first phase of construction is complete at the 36-acre site In Baytown’s TGS Cedar Port Industrial Park.
“The need for cold storage in Houston is growing like crazy,” said Mike Day, chief executive officer of Blackline Cold Storage. “It’s driven by several different factors. The import-export trade through Houston is growing, and of course the port itself is growing and investing in major projects. There’s a big need for import and export of all goods, including cold products.”
The rail-connected site is strategically situated within the heavy-haul corridor in proximity to the Barbours Cut and Bayport container terminals, with convenient access to the regional interstate highway system. Furthermore, it provides Blackline the land for phased expansion of up to 650,800 square feet at full buildout.
Tippmann Group, an industry leader in temperature-controlled warehouses, has been engaged as the project’s designer and builder. It will incorporate flexibility for multiple segregated temperature zones including blast freezing, 48’ ceiling heights, up to 50 truck doors, and rail connectivity in order to serve a broad range of customer requirements.
The Blackline facility (depicted in the rendering below) will represent the newest large-scale cold storage operation at Port Houston, and is scheduled to be operational in early 2022.
Blackline Cold Storage is a subsidiary of Blackline Partners, a private growth-oriented firm focused on the development and operation of large-scale logistics facilities that provide efficient storage and handling solutions to customers across North America.