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New Orleans Cold Storage expands

New Orleans, LA, US; New Orleans Cold Storage, the oldest cold storage company in North America, has opened a 13,000-sq metre cold storage warehouse at Henry Clay Street Wharf in the Port of New Orleans. It will handle  poultry, beef, pork and other exports.

“We have reached the end of a long road traveled since Hurricane Katrina, and we are poised for growth. The storm and subsequent closing of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet made it uncertain whether we could keep operations in New Orleans open,” said New Orleans Cold Storage president and chief executive Mark Blanchard.

New Orleans Cold Storage has opened a 13,000-sq metre cold storage warehouse in the Port of New Orleans

The new warehouse stores 17,00 tonnes of perishable products and can freeze up to  500 tonnes of fresh product each day. Operations at the new terminal include blast freezing, handling, warehousing and stevedoring – the loading and unloading of vessels – of export poultry and beef products. The building was constructed with the latest environmentally friendly technology to cut down on energy expenses and increase efficiency. It includes LED lighting, room to berth two ships, the ability to load perishable products into containers and transfer the cargo to the Port of New Orleans container terminal for ocean transport. The new Henry Clay Wharf location is so close to the Port of New Orleans Container Terminal, overall efficiency will increase because of their close proximity.

New Orleans Cold Storage operates four facilities with more than 1m-sq metres of refrigerated space in New Orleans, Houston and Charleston, SC. The refrigerated terminal cost US$40million to design and build.