Lineage Logistics, LLC, Novi, Mich., acquired two facilities from Van Soest Coldstores, a Netherlands-based provider of the storage and transfer of cooled and deep-frozen food products.
Lineage acquired Van Soest’s facilities in Venlo, Netherlands, and Rijkevorsel, Belgium, to complement its existing presence in both countries. Van Soest’s facility in Gamaren, Netherlands, a joint venture and newly formed business, was not part of the transaction.
“Part of our strategy is to grow the Lineage facility network in strategic locations to provide our customers with best-in-class solutions that meet all of their cold storage and logistics needs. Bringing Van Soest Coldstores into the Lineage family helps us do just that,” says Greg Lehmkuhl, president and CEO of Lineage Logistics.
“We have found a strong European partner in Van Soest Coldstores, whose management shares our values and our drive to lead the cold storage industry. Anton Mauritz and his team have built an impressive business through their commitment to customer service, and we are excited to uphold their stellar reputation by supporting their expansion of the Rijkevorsal facility this fall,” says Mike McClendon, president, Lineage Europe and executive vice president, network optimization and integration of Lineage Logistics.
The acquisition will add more than 10 million cubic feet and more than 300,000 square feet of storage capacity to Lineage’s portfolio.
“Over our 35-year history, Van Soest has become a trusted partner to many of Europe’s leading food manufacturers. We decided to join the Lineage family because of the company’s impressive track record of building lasting relationships based on mutual respect with family businesses like Van Soest. I am proud to be a part of the Lineage network, and look forward to helping the company continue to grow as a strategic advisor,” says Anton Mauritz, managing director, Van Soest Coldstores.