Logistics Briefs: Midwest Refrigerated, I-44 Cold Storage in the news
Public refrigerated warehouse operator Midwest Refrigerated Services, Milwaukee, Wis., said it expects by early June to complete its purchase of High Track LLC, a Madison, Wis., cold storage business with two facilities. Midwest Refrigerated Services has two Milwaukee-area cold storage warehouses and also owns Midwest Refrigerated Transport, a temperature-controlled LTL transportation company serving the continental 48 states.
"The acquisition of two High Track facilities is a strategic fit as we grow the platform of our business," said President Mike Pokel. "The geographic zone, shared customers and the high quality of the facilities and services provided to the customers will complement our existing business."
A former truck driver has opened I-44 Cold Storage, a Springfield, Mo., public warehouse public with frozen, refrigerated, and dry storage. Officials say this 2.7 million-cubic-foot-operation offers an ideal central U.S. location with loading and unloading, order selecting, cross-docking, palletizing, lumping, load shifts, short- and long-term storage, inventory management and web-based ordering. The faciity has 8,110 racked pallet positions, convertible refrigerated and frozen rooms, 11 dock doors and two cargo doors.
Says General Manager Clay Borchers, "As a former truck driver I make sure our carriers are taken care of and get loaded and unloaded fast. Time is money to these guys and they have better things to do than stand around a warehouse waiting on their loads. Our staff is instructed to act as if they personally own the inventory and treat it accordingly."