United States Cold Storage (USCS), Voorhees, N.J., announced plans to build a 6.7 million-cubic-foot public refrigerated warehouse in McDonough, Ga., located just south and east from Atlanta and right off the Interstate 75 corridor. USCS already operates an 8.6 million-cubic-foot facility in McDonough, known as McDonough 1, which serves the greater Atlanta metro market and provides regional multi-temperature distribution services to the Southeast.
Located just one mile away, the new McDonough 2 site will offer 26,154 pallet positions, handle a wide range of refrigerated and frozen products (from -20°F to 40°F) and provide distribution services from as many as 25 refrigerated, enclosed dock doors and five railcar doors (served by Norfolk Southern Corp., Norfolk, Va.).
“Market interest in our first facility in McDonough was incredible,” says David Butterfield, vice president, Midwest region. “Our capacity was quickly filled and the demand continues. We have a great management team in place at our current location. Those professionals will share their insights with colleagues at the new facility and join forces to service the market together.”
USCS’ new site will create 80 new jobs with a capital investment of $40 million. USCS McDonough 2 sits on a 43.3-acre parcel of land that the company purchased in 2014. The land has available space for a Phase 2 expansion, which would accommodate plans for an automated warehouse.
“With the additional building—and its close proximity to our first location—we create a greater base of customer orders,” adds Butterfield. “Essentially, we can better consolidate and build our USCS COLDshare Consolidation Program (multi-vendor consolidated shipping) to offer competitive delivery options for all our customers. Additionally, we will be able to share resources and familiarity of customers between the two locations. This will only help add to our success in the market.”