United States Cold Storage (USCS), Camden, N.J., opened the doors to its second refrigerated warehouse in Turlock, Calif.
The 9.3-million-cubic-foot facility, called “USCS Turlock North,” serves as a dedicated location to Blue Diamond Growers, Sacramento, Calif. The warehouse features two rooms, as many as 40,500 pallet positions, meets British Retail Consortium (BRC) certification food safety standards and offers import/export services in addition to California Organic Certification.
As a dedicated facility, USCS Turlock North will receive, store and ship Blue Diamond ingredients designated for its own finished products as well as industrial finished goods. The facility will serve as the primary location for Blue Diamond’s industrial customers—both domestic and international.
“The Turlock North location is another example of USCS partnering with a California-based food processor,” says Rod Noll, senior vice president, Western region USCS. “Although our customer base is diverse in Turlock, we pride ourselves in providing ‘best-in-cold’ solutions and services to these local providers.”
“Congratulations to all the teams at Blue Diamond and U.S. Cold Storage,” says Mark Jansen, president and CEO of Blue Diamond Growers. “What a great example of partnership and working together to achieve something great. This has been a terrific project for us. I marvel at what can happen in 18 months, in terms of pulling a facility of this size and complexity together. By finding the right partners and working together—we can become world-class.”
USCS Turlock North also boasts a relatively new refrigeration technology, a first for the company and what is said to be one of only a few systems operating in the United States. The transcritical carbon dioxide refrigeration system utilizes carbon dioxide (CO2) for both low-side and high-side compression cycles. This effectively eliminates the use of anhydrous ammonia, which could negatively impact almond product quality in the event of a leak. In operation, the system and building are capable of storing product at temperatures ranging anywhere from -10°F to 55°F.
USCS Turlock North also features an enclosed, temperature-controlled receiving and shipping dock with 16 doors.