12-Million Cubic Foot Cold Storage Facility Coming to Mobile
The Business View – December 2018/January 2019 / News You Can Use
Baltimore-headquartered MTC Logistics announced it will build a $58 million cold storage facility between APM Terminals and Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley near downtown Mobile on a piece of property owned by the Alabama State Port Authority. The company expects to hire between 50 and 70 full-time workers to run the facility, which will store imported frozen pork products and seafood coming to the U.S. for distribution.
The approximately 300,000-square-foot facility will be five stories tall, contain almost 12 million cubic feet of refrigerated space and store approximately 40,000 pallets of product, according to company officials. All of the product will be transiting in containers and processed through APM Terminals before or after arriving at MTC Logistics.
The facility is the company’s first project located outside the Northeast. “We have been in the temperature-controlled logistics business for 90 years and are thrilled Mobile will be a part of our future,” said Brooks Royster, president of MTC Logistics.
“Being able to find property immediately adjacent to a world-class port such as Mobile and in such close proximity to I-10 is a very unique opportunity.”
According to David Rodgers, vice president of economic development for the Mobile Area Chamber, the facility will also be able to blast-freeze poultry products coming from across the Southeastern United States to then export across the globe. This project will enhance Mobile’s containerized operations to reach more markets throughout the world.
The Mobile County Commission is committed to providing the roadwork needed to facilitate trucking to and from the facility, according to commission President Connie Hudson. “MTC will be an important link in distributing seafood and poultry that are so important to our economy,” she said.
“We are pleased and proud to welcome MTC Logistics to Mobile,” said City of Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson. “We are out there every day looking for opportunities to recruit jobs and families to Mobile. This announcement is the latest proof that Mobile is open for business.”
A groundbreaking is expected by December, with an estimated open date of second quarter 2020. Company officials expect construction of the facility to take 18 months. Partners in the project include the Alabama State Port Authority, APM Terminals, City of Mobile, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Mobile County and the State of Alabama.
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