United States Cold Storage (USCS) has broken ground at a 40-acre parcel of land in Denton, Texas, to build a 7.7-million-cubic-foot public refrigerated warehouse that is scheduled to be up and running by late 2018. The site, strategically situated at the intersection of I-35E (Dallas) and I-35W (Fort Worth), is located between the two cities at the northern edge of the Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) Metroplex.
Well represented in the Lone Star States, Voorhees, New Jersey-headquartered USCS already operates 32.6-million cubic feet of space at three other warehouses in the Dallas and Ft. Worth market. Additionally, it has several facilities in Laredo and Arlington.
“Denton is an ideal distribution location for customers looking at access to the central United States as well as the DFW Metroplex,” said George Cruz, the company’s southern region senior vice president. “USCS continues to see customer growth and interest in this market, but does not have the space to accommodate that demand. Our new location will provide complementary freight consolidation services throughout the southwest. Along with sister facilities in Laredo, the Denton site also will support import/export business involving Mexico and Latin America.”
Upon completion, the Phase One site will house 25,712 pallet positions with three rooms offering storage temperatures ranging from -20°F to +60°F. Its fully enclosed, refrigerated shipping and receiving platform will have 22 dock doors and five rail dock doors. The facility will be served by the Kansas City Southern, one of the only rail lines going directly into Mexico.
Larry Alderfer New COO
In other news, former Senior Vice President Larry Alderfer has been named chief operating officer (coo) of USCS. In addition to now taking charge of operations in five regions, the 20-year company veteran retains responsibility for business and corporate development, transportation/logistics and information technology.
In announcing the promotion, President and CEO David Harlan commented: “One of Larry’s first corporate development successes was to enter and expand our presence in the Pennsylvania market. Soon after that, he increased responsibilities to include regional vice president in the northeast. More recently, Larry earned the recognition and position of senior vice president. I am certain that his education, leadership skills and experience will ensure success with his expanded role.”
About the Company
With roots dating back to 1899, USCS has long served a diverse customer base with requirements ranging from primary cold storage services to fully integrated third-party logistics. Offering more than 281-million-cubic-feet of temperature-controlled warehouse and distribution space in 39 facilities across 13 states from coast to coast, the subsidiary of London, England-headquartered John Swire & Sons Ltd. is the third largest public refrigerated warehouse logistics provider in North America.