United States Cold Storage (USCS), Voorhees, N.J., completed a Phase III expansion of its Wilmington, Ill., location, which underwent its first addition in November US Cold Storage Wilmington phase 22013

This project brought 3.9 million cubic feet and 17,825 more pallet positions of additional storage in three rooms, which can be computer controlled at temperatures from -5°F to 50°F. The investment brings Wilmington’s current storage handling capacity to 14.3 million cubic feet with more than 55,000pallet positions.

The recent expansion gives Wilmington room to store and stage goods for a bustling transportation program. Greg Rohrbaugh will be USCS Wilmington’s general manager.

“Wilmington’s multi-vendor cooler consolidation (MVC) program services 48 states in the United States and is [said to be] the largest collaborative shipping program in the industry. Our customer partnerships, transportation systems, our trained staff and carrier community is what gives us the edge in handling the distribution needs of our customer’s supply chain,” says Dave Butterfield, USCS regional vice president – Midwest. “It is a great value-added service that allows USCS to deliver our customers product, saving them time and effort they can use to focus on production and growing their businesses.”

“The additional space has allowed our customer base to grow, and given us more flexibility to handle additional volume by spreading it over a larger footprint,” he adds. “Additional team members, equipment and leadership are all part of what has been put in place to be one of the largest cooler multi-vendor consolidation programs in the country.”

USCS Wilmington now operates an enclosed 73,243-square-footloading dock with 58 truck dock doors. The operation offers custom distribution programs, specialized case picking and order assembly, slip sheet loading/unloading, stretch wrapping for palletized orders, USDA inspection services and import-export services.