Baker Commodities, Inc., Vernon, Calif., and Lineage Logistics, Colton, Calif., broke ground on what is said to be the largest-of-its-kind cold storage facility. The new Commodities Baker rendering250,000-square-foot site in Long Beach, Calif., is expected to generate more than 100 new jobs.

The state-of-the-art facility, located in the “Over Weight Corridors” in both the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, will feature a freezer, cooler and refrigerated cross dock for truck, container and rail service. When built, it is said to be the largest near-port facility of its kind in all of Southern California. The environmentally-friendly building will be 20% more energy-efficient than others already in operation.

The site, which was owned for more than 75 years by J.H. Baxter and used for treating wood products with preservatives and wood treatment chemicals, is contaminated by residue from these operations. Baker Commodities and Lineage Logistics developed a comprehensive mitigation plan that will clean up the brownfield site and make it viable for the first time in decades.

The new facility is scheduled to open in 2015.