NewCold to open fully automated cold storage facility in Burley, Idaho
NewCold, a deep-frozen storage and logistics company based in The Netherlands, will open its second fully mechanized facility in the United States in the spring of 2019. Located in Burley, Idaho the freezer facility is a joint design effort and construction built by NewCold and Fisher Construction Group of Burlington, Washington. Once open, NewCold will be one of the largest frozen storage facilities of its kind in the U.S., bringing an estimated 75 jobs to the area.
The 180,000 square foot, fully automated building will serve the logistics needs in the northwestern U.S. region for McCain Foods USA, a division of McCain Foods Limited, the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen french fries and potato specialties. McCain maintains 11 manufacturing facilities in the U.S., including its Burley plant, where a $200 million processing plant expansion is currently underway, which is due for completion in the fall of this year, increasing employment at the facility by 180, taking the total number of employees to near 600.
The cold storage facility currently being constructed uses leading-edge technology, including automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) to automatically move and store products in the “dark” high-bay warehouse. Operators direct equipment using advanced software systems, while products are kept in optimal conditions with all cold storage areas cooled to sub-zero temperatures. NewCold said it offers a highly consistent level of logistic service and a more energy-efficient and better food safety alternative compared to conventional cold storage solutions.
NewCold developed this style of storage automation in their European operations for faster and more efficient storage and shipping options. This is NewCold’s second U.S. facility, with the first facility based in Tacoma, Washington, which opened in early 2018.