Hanson Logistics, St. Joseph, Mich., said it expects by this July to complete $2 million in improvements -- the first of a two-phase enhancement project -- at the company's Hartford, Mich., warehouse. Officials say the move supports western Michigan's agriculture community, including area blueberry growers. Hanson said the first phase of improvements will target Hartford's freezing and long-term storage capacity.
The second phase -- scheduled for 2010 at a cost yet to be determined -- will include expanded expanded deep-frozen storage space, with additional docks and infrastructure to support higher inbound and outbound volume. The Hartford location currently has about 7 million cubic feet of storage, most of which is already dedicated to blueberry harvest and supporting materials. Surrounded by more than 460 acres of irrigated farmland, the operation has a seven-door rail siding served by CSX.