Liberty Cold opened the doors to its new 173,000-square-foot cold storage complex in Bolingbrook, Ill. The state-of-the-art facility was designed with food safety and security as a top priority, and will bring a focus on logistic services for local food manufacturers and distributors.
“We are excited about the opportunity we have to set the bar in quality product storage by utilizing advanced technology and overseeing every step of the storage process,” says Tim Cox, vice president. “We understand today’s drivers and suppliers are under pressure to meet customer demand, while maintaining food quality and safety. It is our job to provide product security and ensure product flow is not interrupted.”
The fully-fenced complex with more than 90 security cameras will be operated by up to 75 employees. The facility has the capacity to handle more than 20,000 pallets of cold storage product, along with 108 positions of blast freezing utilizing quick-freeze technology.
The facility also offers high-pressure pasteurization (HPP) tolling, and is equipped with vertical dock levelers that allow the facility to control seals inside the building for enhanced load security. The facility also houses a USDA-compliant packing room and will have 47 trailer parking stalls.
Liberty Cold adds yet another level of service through its customer portal.
“We take a proactive approach to give our customers the ability to track their product and transportation metrics through a business intelligence portal,” says Cox. “The portal has been developed to give clients quick access to their shipments to help identify opportunities in the supply chain.”
West Liberty Foods, LLC, West Liberty, Iowa, purchased the Bolingbrook location after acquiring Quantum Foods, Bolingbrook, Ill., in July 2014.