North America's largest refrigerated cold storage operator, Americold, Atlanta, said it opened a 4.7 million-cubic-foot, multi-temp warehouse in Delhi, La., adjacent to a ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston sweet potato processing facility.  Americold said it will host a grand opening March 4, 2011, with Americold and Lamb Weston senior executives.

"The Delhi facility is symbolic of our partnership with Lamb Weston and our commitment to achieving mutually beneficial relationships with our customers that meet the needs of their growing businesses," said Jos Opdeweegh, Americold CEO. "Both organizations worked around the clock to achieve shared goals for this new state-of-the-art temperature-controlled storage facility. I am proud of what our teams have accomplished in a short time frame."

Transportation management systems supplier LeanLogistics announced several executive appointments. The Holland, Mich., company is a unit of Brambles Ltd., the Australian parent to CHEP pallets. Lean Logistics said it named Matt Ahearn president. This follows the appointment of LeanLogistics' former President & CEO Dan Dershem, to senior vice president of logistics at CHEP. Officials said Dershem will lead the adoption of LeanLogistics technology throughout CHEP’s global operations. He will continue to operate from the LeanLogistics' Michigan office.

In conjunction, LeanLogistics said it promoted Chris Timmer, previously senior vice president of business development and marketing, to chief operating officer. Tim Hinson was appointed global senior vice president of Supply Chain Solutions.

Primus Builders Inc., Atlanta, said it expects by this fall to construct a Phase II distribution center expansion in McAllen, Texas, for Loop Fresh Produce. Loop officials told produce industry media the expansion will handle growing Mexican produce imports, bound for eastern U.S. markets. Primus said the Phase II addition will include 55,000 square feet of space for dock, coolers, support and office areas. The facility will feature convertible, multi-temp controlled storage (33F to 60F) and include 13 additional dock positions.