Warehousing & Logistics

Lineage to Extend Nordic Reach Via Claus Sørensen Deal in Denmark

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Another week and another acquisition deal in Europe is in the making for Lineage Logistics, On June 15 the Novi, Michigan, USA-headquartered company unveiled its intention to buy the cold storage division of the Esbjerg, Denmark-based Claus Sørensen Group. Last week it announced the pending purchase of the Rotterdam, Netherlands-headquartered Kloosterboer Group, and in May Lineage acquired Frigorificos de Navarra (Frinavarra), a leading operator of refrigerated warehousing facilities in Spain, in addition to a cold storage warehouse from Frioastur located in Gijón, Spain.

Founded in 1926, Claus Sørensen operates nine cold storage warehouses in Denmark that are strategically based in relation to major fishing ports and food production facilities. The total network exceeds 800,000 cubic meters of space, with a freezing capacity of approximately 1,800 tons per day.

“We actively look for opportunities to strengthen our leading facility network and deliver strategic value to our customers by connecting more dots within their supply chains,” said Lineage President and CEO Greg Lehmkuhl. “The acquisition of Claus Sørensen will amplify our reach in the Nordic region and will add a highly capable team to our European organization.”

Commenting on the pending deal, terms of which were not disclosed, Claus Sørensen CEO  Jesper Toft Mathiasen stated: “Lineage’s dedication to both innovation and service perfectly aligns with our longstanding commitment to being a preferred partner for our customers. We are excited to join a company that shares our same values and to link forces with Lineage’s team in the region to innovate for our customers and to help them grow their businesses.”

Mike McClendon, president of international operations and executive vice president of network optimization at Lineage, added: “Like many companies that have joined Lineage, Claus Sørensen is a family owned and operated company with a long legacy and strong entrepreneurial culture. We are very excited to partner with Jesper and the team, and I am confident in our combined teams’ ability to succeed on behalf of our customers.”

Claus Sørensen, established in 1926, is a consolidated business with 220 employees. In addition to Esbjerg, it operates at sites in Vejle, Padborg, Odense, Engesvang, Hanstholm, Hirtshals, Skagen, Thyborgen, Bellinge  and Vester Hassing.

Lineage Logistics ranks among the leading temperature-controlled industrial REIT and logistics companies worldwide. It has a global network of over 350 facilities encompassing over 2 billion cubic feet of capacity. They are located in 15 countries across North and South America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.