Schortens, Germany-headquarterd Nordfrost has officially inaugurated a new cold storage logistics center in Mücke, Hesse, which is easily accessible off the A5 motorway near Giessen. The German market leader in frozen food logistics, which offers customers approximately 900,000 pallet positions nationwide, is now making available additional space in Mücke for frozen goods and products stored in chilled temperature ranges as well as for dry goods.
The purchase contract for the 14-hectare property was signed in March of 2018 by Nordfrost founder Horst Bartels and Mücke Mayor Matthias Weitzel, paving the way for a €62 million investment to build the refrigerated logistics center that today features 46,000 pallet spaces. The imposing building is 18 meters high and consists of 11 halls. Four -22°C deep-freeze warehouses accommodate 24,000 pallet spaces.
In the freezing section, 22,000 spaces are available that can be maintainted at temperatures between 0° and +18 °C in seven different halls, depending on product requirements. A transshipment area of 6,200 square meters and 43 loading gates ensure smooth handling of incoming and outgoing goods.
As in most of the 40 other Nordfrost logistics properties situated across Germany, the Mücke site has natural gas-operated combined heat and power units with an electrical output of approximately 2.33 MW for the sustainable production of power. The waste heat generated in the process is converted into cold via an energy-efficient technology that enables the system to achieve an efficiency rate of around 80%.
The facility’s three-story, modern administration building offers plenty of space for administration personnel. Through large floor-to-ceiling windows, staff members have a wide view over the entire area – from the parking spaces for 100 trucks in the yard up to the motorway.
“Nordfrost in Mücke is well positioned and highly motivated to start operations. We are very happy about this and would like to thank everyone involved, “said Britta Bartels (pictured second from left in the forefront of the photo above), a member of the executive board.
Andreas Behne (far right in photo), Nordfrost’s branch manager in Mücke, added: “We offer interesting development opportunities in the warehouse, in operating technology and in the commercial sector as a shipping agent, customs officer or forwarding agent. All goods arriving here are unloaded from the delivery truck, recorded in the warehouse management system and stored on pallets in the mobile racking systems with reach trucks.”
Dr. Falk Bartels, Nordfrost’s managing director (fourth from left in photo), remarked: “Here in Mücke, all temperature levels and value added services are available under one roof. In conjunction with the size of the storage capacities, this enables our customers to bundle assortments across different temperature ranges at a central warehouse location in Germany.”
District Administrator Manfred Görig (third from left in photo) and Mayor Andreas Sommer (far left) congratulated the management team and workforce of the logistics company and wished them the best for the future.
Görig emphasized the attractiveness of the Vogelsberg area as a business location, stating: “We are in the middle of Germany, have good transport links and can offer sufficient commercial space. It is easy to work here and live well.”