Compass Cold Storage has opened a 142,160-sq-ft cold storage facility near Fort Smith in Mulberry, Ark. The site can maintain temperatures ranging from 40°F to -20°F, and will allow Compass Cold to offer third-party logistics (3PL) services, with the ability to store inventory, as well as pick, pack, and ship clients’ products directly from the facility.
It features cutting-edge refrigeration and freezing technology, including 18,500 pallet positions equipped with a QFM in-rack freezing system, which combines blast freezing technology and pallet racking. (QFM freezes pallets up to four times faster than traditional blast freezers with the ability to reduce energy consumption by as much as 50%.) The state-of-the-art complex was developed and built by Ti Cold, which is headquartered in Melbourne, Fla.
The opening of the facility marks Compass Cold Storage’s completion of the first phase of a three-phase project. Ground has been broken on the second phase of the project, which is expected to be complete later this summer. It will include additional freezer and dock space, and will bring the project total to about $50 million. The third phase of the project is in the planning stage.
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“Working with the Ti Cold team has been a gratifying and smooth process,” says Bowen. “It has only been around a year from groundbreaking to grand opening, which is good for almost any type of new build project, but for a commercial project of this magnitude that turnaround timeframe is nothing short of exceptional.”
“Any time we at Ti Cold can help fill critical food storage capacity demands within a region, we feel great about the accomplishment,” states Sam Tippmann, president of Ti Cold.