Logistics Briefs: McCain Foods, Icelandic USA in the news
Cryo-Trans, Inc., (CTI), Owings Mills, Md., said it will begin managing a private fleet of refrigerated railcars for frozen potato processor McCain Foods USA, Lisle, Ill. A refrigerated railcar manufacturer and lessor, CTI said it will use a proprietary rail management program with two-way GPS capabilities to create more efficient fleet operations and expedited railcar movements. CTI said it also will take over all aspects of mechanical protective service. CTI said McCain also plans to add new 72’ interior-length refrigerated boxcars, also manufactured by CTI. These cars will be leased to McCain, whose private refrigerated fleet will then exceed 140 cars.
“The selection of CTI to operate our expanded private boxcar fleet will lead to greater fleet efficiencies and better asset utilization,” said Vito Parise, McCain Foods USA's senior director of distribution. “It will allow McCain to continue to improve our overall supply chain efficiencies as we focus on better serving our customers."
Frozen seafoods processor Icelandic USA said it will build an 88,000-square-foot freezer warehouse addition at its processing plant in Newport News, Va. Icelandic said it hired ARCO Design/Build Inc., Atlanta, to design and construct the facility, which will replace Icelandic's former leased warehouse.
"Currently, we use a leased cold storage facility that is away from the headquarters, so we have to double handle everything by receiving raw material in one facility and transferring it to the production building," said Rick Barnhardt, Icelandic's vice president of supply chain. "Our brand new building will optimize efficiency and make a more productive use of our resources, time and capabilities. It will be nice to finally have a place to call our own."
Icelandic processes and distributes frozen fish fillets and value added processed seafood products to foodservice (restaurants, schools etc.) and retail/club store customers.