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'Texas-size' us cold storage expansion is the big news on the 'Big D' scene: state of the art warehouse set to open in this summer, with room for further expansion.

They call Dallas the "Big D," and it's not because of the return of the city to the small screen in the soap opera named for it. "We are virtually at the crossroads of all major highways, covering all directions coming in and out of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area," noted Brian Kroll, general manager of the United States Cold Storage (USCS) warehouse in the Texas metropolis.

Voorhees, New Jersey-headquartered USCS is constructing a 5.5 million-cubic-foot, public refrigerated warehouse in Dallas. Scheduled for completion this June or July, a Phase One project includes two convertible freezers (+35[degrees]F to -20[degrees]F) and two more freezers (0[degrees]F to -20[degrees]F). It will replace most of USCS' original Dallas warehouse, which was built in 1965--long before the Ewing family appeared on television.

"We have been operating at maximum capacity for the past several years," said Kroll. "This gives USCS the opportunity to provide even more storage space--for both existing and future customers--in an ever-growing market. Our customers' products will be housed in a state-of-the-art warehouse with the very latest in engineering, refrigeration, lighting, warehouse management and transportation management system technologies."

Primus Builders, Woodstock, Georgia, was selected to design and build the project, situated on a 32-acre site in Pinnacle Park off Interstate 30. It first became involved with the project in 2007 when United States Cold Storage requested the firm provide due diligence on the project's potential property to ensure USCS was making a sound real estate investment.

In 2011, USCS reached out to Primus again, asking it to perform design development services that incorporated local and national owner interests into the building design. These documents were used to bid the project. Primus Builders was then selected to perform the job.

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Among key features of the new cold storage facility are:

* Convertible freezers that provide four temperature zones * Six 42-pallet blast cells

* State-of-the-art, energy efficient C[O.sub.2]/N[H.sub.3] cascade refrigeration system

* LED lighting with an integrated control system

* Set up for future Union Pacific rail access

* Dock area that allows trucks to open their doors into the building

* Self-polishing, shrink compensated flooring throughout

USCS Dallas handles a broad range of finished goods including soups, sauces, potatoes, pastries, ice cream and raw materials. Part of the original facility and an adjacent Halifax Street operation will remain open.

The new location's six 42-pallet blast cells will operate at -58F, and a 21-door dock will be temperature-controlled. There is room for two expansions, and the site at Cockrell Hill Road and Interstate 30 five miles west of downtown Dallas has rail accessibility, although rail service won't be added until later.

"The C[O.sub.2] cascade refrigeration system will be one of the biggest assets," Knoll said. "It will utilize hot gas defrost in lieu of electric defrost, which will allow the refrigeration to operate even more efficiently. The new blast freezer design also will facilitate significantly shorter freeze times, and this will be a win-win for both USCS and our customers. We also will be able to provide a drop-trailer program for our customers as well as on-site route truck parking."

The roots of United States Cold Storage, which ranks as the third largest PRW logistics provider in North America, date back to 1891. Offering 202 million cubic feet of temperature-controlled warehouse and distribution space at 34 facilities located in 12 states across the USA from Pennsylvania to California, the Swire Group company serves a diverse customer base with requirements ranging from primary storage to fully integrated third-party logistics.
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Title Annotation:Warehousing World
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