Meridian Industrial Trust Expands Presence in Refrigeration Sector.Meridian Industrial Trust Expands Presence in Refrigeration refrigeration, process for drawing heat from substances to lower their temperature, often for purposes of preservation. Refrigeration in its modern, portable form also depends on insulating materials that are thin yet effective. Sector - Solidifies Market Position with Back-to-Back Cold Storage Acquisitions In Growth Markets of Florida, Texas and California
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In a move to further establish its market-leading presence, Meridian Industrial Trust (NYSE NYSE
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3. Anderson, 'These strategic investments give us a leadership position in three of the fastest growing markets for cold storage and broaden an already solid platform for continued growth. The acquisitions and planned construction significantly increase Meridian's market share and are supported by our existing operations in these important warehouse and distribution hubs. These refrigerated facilities match our philosophy of owning and developing modern industrial properties and complement our portfolio which now encompasses more than 27 million square feet.'
Meridian Refrigerated's senior management team will be led by industry veteran, Jurgen Spaethe, serving as president and chief executive officer of the new entity. With the acquisition of Southern California-based Arctic Cold Storage and the southeastern-based C.E.G.F., Meridian Refrigerated now ranks among the leading owners and operators of modern refrigerated facilities. In keeping with Meridian Industrial Trust's reputation for owning the most highly-sought modern, efficient distribution facilities, Meridian Refrigerated's properties will have an average of five years, state-of-the-art cooler and freezer equipment. The Arctic Cold Storage acquisition encompasses 3.5 million cubic feet of space throughout Southern California. C.E.G.F. is the largest modern refrigerated operation in Florida and one of the leading companies in Houston This is an incomplete list of major companies headquartered in Houston, Texas and the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. Houston is known for its oil and gas industry and it should also be noted that only New York City has more Fortune 500 companies. , boasting a nearly 7 million cubic-foot portfolio throughout the southeast.
Meridian Industrial Trust's new construction program includes plans to construct one of the largest rear-dock, modern cold storage facilities in the U.S. at the Port of Los Angeles The Port of Los Angeles is located on San Pedro Bay in the San Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles, approximately 20 miles (30 km) south of downtown. Also called Los Angeles Harbor and WORLDPORT LA , and plans to add 2.2 million cubic feet of refrigeration space at the Tampa and Houston properties.
Meridian Industrial Trust's capabilities to deliver high-quality refrigerated facilities was reinforced when Kraft Foods selected the firm to construct four build-to-suit developments. Encompassing nearly 1.5 million square feet of cold and dry storage facilities, the projects are part of Kraft's reorganization of its national distribution network.
'The construction of state-of-the-art cold storage facilities at the port of L.A. adds to Los Angeles' competitive arsenal,' said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. 'When combined with such expansion projects as the Alameda Corridor, these kinds of unique investments diversify our portfolio of international trade facilities and place the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach in a stronger position to continue to fuel the brisk growth of the region.'
According to Spaethe, 'The ability to offer cold storage and freight consolidation services is an integral component of our coast-to-coast portfolio. It allows Meridian Refrigerated to meet its customers needs for efficient storage and delivery of their products. We've seen a tremendous increase in demand for high-quality storage space over the past year, and we expect that trend to continue into the next millennium.'
Headquartered in Anaheim, CA, Meridian Refrigerated Inc.'s staff encompasses 100 employees. The firm's refrigerated facilities feature -20 deg F storage capabilities; state-of-the-art Storax storax (stōrˑ·aks),
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Meridian Industrial Trust's portfolio encompasses more than 200 modern industrial facilities located in key warehouse and distribution markets. The San Francisco-based REIT is engaged primarily in the business of owning, acquiring, developing, leasing and managing warehouse/distribution, light industrial properties, and cold storage facilities in strategic distribution markets nationwide. Meridian Industrial Trust specializes in providing corporations with the space and services they require to improve the global distribution of goods.