Salem, Oregon, USA-headquartered NORPAC Foods, Inc., a major producer of frozen fruit and vegetable products, and Henningsen Cold Storage Co., heralded their new 225,000-square-foot frozen food storage and distribution facility with an open house for its farmer-owners, employees, partners and civic officials on June 30.
The facility is owned and operated by Hillsboro, Oregon-based Henningsen, one of the largest, family-owned frozen and refrigerated warehousing companies in the United States, and was constructed on NORPAC land adjacent to its packaging facility. The coldstore was designed to support the company’s continued growth and will immediately become NORPAC’s primary distribution point for the company’s frozen finished products. It will provide considerable energy and cost savings through more efficient transportation and storage practices.
“The project has been a true partnership from the ground up,” said George Smith, NORPAC’s chief executive officer. “We’re proud to work with civic leaders and Henningsen, another steadfast Oregon-based company, to make this project a reality. This investment is symbolic of our pride in local agriculture and our long term commitment to Salem.”
In addition to the construction of the cold storage facility, NORPAC consolidated 120 employees from two satellite offices to a new corporate headquarters building in Salem, located next to the cold storage warehouse and existing packaging facilities. NORPAC’s Stayton processing facility will continue to operate at full capacity.
“We take great pride in helping local farmers and a fellow Oregon business thrive,” said Mike Henningsen, chairman and president of Henningsen Cold Storage Co. “It’s exciting to know that, in partnership with NORPAC, we’ll preserve the fresh flavors from the fields for people to enjoy year-round.”
Henningsen Cold Storage Co. is one of the largest public refrigerated warehousing companies in the USA, with 10 facilities in six states providing more than 53 million cubic feet of temperature controlled space. The fourth generation family-owned operation’s roots date back to 1923.
About NORPAC Foods
NORPAC is a cooperative owned by 240 family farmers in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, which provides frozen and canned vegetables and fruit, along with soups and other value added products, to the foodservice, retail, club store, remanufacture and export market segments. Originally established as Stayton Canning Company in 1924, NORPAC has grown to now operate processing and packaging facilities in Stayton, Salem, Brooks and Hermiston, Oregon, along with Quincy, Washington.