Banks Cold Storage has broken ground for construction of a 210,620-square-foot refrigerated warehouse near Athens, Georgia, about 70 miles east of Atlanta. The facility, designed by Ti Cold of Melbourne, Florida, is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2025.
Pictured above at the ground breaking ceremony are (left to right): Rob Adams, Greg Tench, Doug Carnes, Mulham Shbeib, Georgia Ag Commissioner Tyler Harper, Phillip Turner, Pete Martin, Joel Williams, Tyre Jones and Sam Tippmann.
“Ti Cold is committed to advancing the cold storage industry by providing innovative solutions that give our customers a distinct competitive advantage,” said Sam Tippmann, the company’s president and chief executive officer. “Banks features a rarely seen combination of state-of-the-art elements like two deep push-back racking, VNA and 65-foot-tall building height. We are excited to deliver a rock-solid facility to Banks.”
The advanced cold storage complex will feature a flexible, convertible design that is able to maintain temperatures ranging from 40°F to -20°F. The facility will utilize low-charge ammonia systems that use natural, environmentally friendly refrigerant in low volumes. Structural steel pallet racks will accommodate over 29,520 pallet positions. This includes QFM In-Rack Freezing System positions, which combines blast freezing technology and pallet racking. QFM freezes pallets up to four times faster than traditional blast freezers, with the ability to reduce energy consumption by as much as 50%.
Banks will be poised to have the capacity to support food manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers in central Georgia and the Georgia Ports Authority, while bringing nearly 70 new jobs to the area.