NewCold Inaugurates Cold Storage Facility in Idaho
NewCold – a Netherlands-based specialist in automated cold storage – has recently opened an automated cold storage in Burley, Idaho writes Area Development. The new 180,000 sqft facility is the result of a USD90m investment and will employ up to 100 associates.
NewCold’s facility which is considered one of the largest in the U.S. and is using advanced conveyance and stacking technology to load and store frozen food pallets. French fry maker McCain Foods, which also undertook a USD200m expansion in Burley, is NewCold’s largest Idaho customer.
The new warehouse stands at over 14 stories tall, with a cubic, vertical layout optimal for pallet storage. Its sleek, efficient design cuts down energy consumption by up to half the rate of traditional warehouses. In fact, the facility’s high bay, not accessible by facility workers, is kept dark, slashing electricity usage.
“This is an amazing development for Burley and the state of Idaho,” said Doug Manning, economic development director for Burley. “Not only does the subzero cold-storage facility bring jobs to Idaho, but it is paving the way for future logistics development here. We look forward to the exciting work NewCold brings to Burley, and the advancements it will continue to make.”
The facility nears a short-line rail facility which will be used to ship approximately 15 percent of NewCold’s stored foods. The remaining loads will be trucked to food-service clients or other warehouses.