Netherlands-based cold chain logistics company NewCold announced that it is investing in a new facility and expanding its existing customer partnership with Conagra Brands, one of North America’s leading branded food companies.
NewCold will build and operate an advanced, large-scale automated cold store facility which will be the biggest in Indiana and one of the largest in the United States. It is approximately half the size of the mammoth Lucas Oil stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts. At 141 feet high (43 meters), the facility holds over 100,000 pallet positions, a statement reads.
According to the company, the Indianapolis cold storage facility will use state-of-the-art technology including automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) to automatically move and store products in the ‘dark’ high-bay warehouse. To serve the high volume of case picking, an advanced automated case picking solution for detailed order fulfilment activities is part of the investment. The equipment and operators will be directed by NewCold’s proprietary advanced software systems, while products are kept in optimal conditions with all cold store areas cooled down to sub-zero temperatures. This advanced cold chain solution ensures that processes are sustainable, traceable, fully integrated with the processes of NewCold’s customers, and always at the very forefront of technological developments. NewCold expects to begin site mobilization and construction activities in the coming weeks.
The Lebanon, Indiana facility will be NewCold’s third facility in the US, including an existing presence in Tacoma, Wash., and Burley, Idaho. Scheduled to be operational in 2022, the USD150m facility is expected to create 150-200 new jobs.