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Rich Products, AmeriCold Logistics announce joint partnership to build new Murfreesboro, TN distribution center.

Rich Products Corp. and AmeriCold Logistics, LLC have announced a joint agreement to build a state-of-the-art frozen Distribution Center adjacent to Rich's Bakery Products manufacturing plant in Murfreesboro, TN.

Under the terms of the agreement, AmeriCold will build a 150,000 square foot, 5 million cu. ft., distribution center. Rich's will own the facility and AmeriCold will provide systems and management.

Approximately 75 jobs are expected to be created.

Complete financial terms were not disclosed, but both Rich's and AmeriCold will make significant capital investments.

In addition, the Rutherford County Industrial Agency is participating in the project by offering a property tax abatement program to Rich's. A low interest loan package is also being made available for the project by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Ground clearing is expected to begin immediately with construction targeted for completion by June 2002.

"Rich Products is thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with industry leader AmeriCold to make this major investment in our Murfreesboro manufacturing and distribution operations," said Robert E. Rich Jr., President, Rich Products.

"Not only is this a testament to the terrific family of Associates we have in Murfreesboro and all their dedicated efficiency and quality efforts, but it's the direct result of an outstanding climate for business growth and progress created by the City of Murfreesboro, Rutherford County and Tennessee government officials."

"Thanks to them, and with AmeriCold's unparalleled expertise," Rich added, "we look forward to serving our customers with a level of efficiency unmatched in our industry."

"AmeriCold is extremely pleased to join with Rich Products to build and operate what we're certain will be one of the finest distribution centers in the food industry," said Alec Covington, AmeriCold's President and CEO. "We're looking forward to bringing our best and brightest to Murfreesboro to operate this state-of-the-art facility."

"Rutherford County is extremely pleased to join these two industry leaders--Rich's and AmeriCold--in investing in the future of Murfreesboro and in the people of Rutherford County employed by this joint venture," said Tommy Smith, Chairman, Industrial Development Board of Rutherford County.

"Both Rich's and AmeriCold have been long term members of this community and we're thrilled to do our part to help them stay a member for years to come."

State-Of-Art Distribution Center Technology; Murfreesboro, Rutherford Officials Instrumental

In addition to featuring 22 docks and enabling frozen storage of 20,000 pallets of product, the Rich's-AmeriCold Murfreesboro Distribution Center will feature state-of-the-art warehouse management system technologies including computerized inventory management, Internet access to account information, computerized productivity measurement, computer directed work force capability, and bar code scanning.

"With this center, we will be able to manufacture, warehouse and ship literally on one cohesive manufacturing campus," said Al Zimmerman, General Manager, Rich's Murfreesboro Manufacturing Plant.

"This will enable tremendous advantages which at the end of the day increase the strategic importance of our plant tenfold ... and most importantly ... will enable us to deliver to our customers the highest quality products with the greatest efficiency. Put the two together and it gives Rich's a tremendous competitive advantage."

"We also can't say enough about the terrific partnership and spirit of cooperation we have received from Rutherford IDA Chairman Tommy Smith, Randy Brewer of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Richard Reeves and members of their teams," Zimmerman concluded. "They have been instrumental in making this project a reality."

Rich's--Founded in 1945

Family owned for over 55 years ... Food Service and Bakery pioneer ... Industry leader and innovator ... Rich Products Corporation enters the new millennium as one of the world's premiere family-owned food companies, posting annual sales exceeding $1.6 billion on over 2,300 products available in over 70 countries. Including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, China, Holland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico and South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom ... to name a few.

Rich's is known around the world as founder of the non-dairy segment of the frozen food industry and a leading supplier and solutions provider to the foodservice and in-store bakery segments, specializing in bakery and dessert products and field technical support services.

The company's world headquarters are in Buffalo, NY. Company leadership includes Robert E. Rich, Chairman; Robert E. Rich Jr., President; William G. Gisel Jr., Chief Operating Officer; and Melinda R. Rich, Executive Vice President.

Rich's Murfreesboro Plant

A flagship of Rich's North America Bakery manufacturing network, Rich's Murfreesboro plant has been in operation since 1978, producing a comprehensive line of frozen bread and roll dough, sweet goods, and cookie products sold to bakery and foodservice customers nationwide.

Currently, the plant employs 350 who hail from throughout Murfreesboro and its surrounding areas.

AmeriCold Logistics, LLC

As the largest provider of temperature-controlled distribution and supply chain management services, Atlanta, GA.-based AmeriCold Logistics, LLC has annual sales of over $700 million generated from the operation of over 100 facilities nationwide.

Recognized as an industry leader in warehouse operations and engineering management, AmeriCold has won acclaim for warehouse technology innovations, making it the choice of leading corporations in addition to Rich Products including ConAgra Foods, Kraft, Heinz, Sara Lee, and Tyson Foods ... to name a few.
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