The Shield Newsletter

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Learn what’s going on in the cold storage and logistics industry, where it’s headed and get tips that can help your company reach the peak state of refrigeration. We release issues of The Shield Newsletter every quarter as part of our commitment for constant communication.

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Screenshot 2017-07-07 11.13.37TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Message from our CEO, David Harlan
  • What’s New & USCS
  • Employee Highlight
  • Customer News featuring Amy’s Kitchen
  • Information Technology Update
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Global Cold Chain Review
  • Engineering & Safety

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  • Message from our CEO, David Harlan
  • What’s New & USCS
  • Employee Highlight
  • Customer News featuring Pinnacle
  • Information Technology Update
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Global Cold Chain Review
  • Engineering & Safety

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USCS Builds New Site in McClellan, CA

They say there’s strength in numbers. And now that United States Cold Storage has opened its ninth public refrigerated warehouse in California—it’s USCS’ customers who stand to benefit.

USCS has just built and opened a 6.8 million-cubic-foot warehouse on the north side of Sacramento in the McClellan Business Park (formerly McClellan Air Force Base). The multi-temp (-20°F to +45°F) site offers more than 31,000 pallet positions, 20 dock doors and a rail siding served by both the UP and BNSF. It is the company’s second Sacramento location and sits close to nearby facilities in Tracy and Turlock, CA.

McClellan is conveniently positioned off the interstate 80 corridor and only a few miles from the Interstate 5 interchange. The warehouse offers fully racked, 65-foot refrigerated docks and multiple storage rooms offering storage temperature flexibility.

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Screenshot 2016-10-26 10.25.18“Meating” Demand: USCS Expands in Warsaw, NC

A growing customer base—with growing needs. That’s a good problem to have. And that’s what led United States Cold Storage to break ground in March for a 3.6 million-cubic-foot addition to its Warsaw, NC, warehouse.

USCS expects this December to complete the Phase Three expansion, nicknamed “Project Frosty.” The project includes a new cooler with pick tunnels (+26°F) and a new freezer (-5°F) and 13,000 additional pallet positions. Upon completion, USCS Warsaw will span approximately 8.6 million cubic feet with 30,500 pallet positions.

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USCS Opens McDonough, GA, Site

United States Cold Storage,  Inc. opened an 8.6-million-cubic-foot warehouse and distribution center in McDonough, GA. The facility is located about 30 miles southeast of Atlanta, just off Interstate 75. The operation brings the USCS total to 261 million cubic feet of warehouse space in 38 facilities.

“The McDonough, GA, building is ideally located south of Atlanta which allows great access to the Florida Market yet still allowing outstanding reach to the remaining southeastern states through our MVC Program,” says Dave Butterfield, Regional Vice President-Midwest. “The response from new and existing customers has been incredible and we look forward to expanding our services further int he near future.”

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USCS Adds Quakertown, PA Site to Northeast Region.

United States Cold Storage, Voorhees, NJ (USCS) announces the addition of a second facility in Quakertown, PA, to be known as Quakertown West. A strategic location for customers requiring Northeast market access. The facility is located 12 miles south of Allentown, PA. It provides instant access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and easy access to Interstates 78 and 80.

Steve Cunningham is USCS Vice President, Northeast Region. “This acquisition to our Pennsylvania group of warehouses gives United States Cold Storage the ability to add significantly more density to an already robust transportation program,” he says. “It is a perfect complement to our recently opened Quakertown East facility and will allow for operational synergies and collaboration.”

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2015_q4Logistics Analysts: Teamwork + Technology

Think of it as new math, a case where 1+1 = 3. In this instance, teamwork and technology are combining for even bigger results within the USCS Logistics group.

Using the company’s longtime technology software partner, Technologix, USCS Logistics Analysts have reorganized and re-energized their efforts. Today, they are leading a charge and delivering timely critical information to both internal and external customers.

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2015_3rd_ThumbnailNational Award for USCS Covington

United States Cold Storage is proud to announce it has been awarded the 2015 National Design-Build Project/Team Award recognizing the company’s new distribution center in Covington, TN.

Completed in January 2015, this 9,010,000 cubic foot facility maintains a -20°F environment for ice cream storage and is dedicated to Unilever’s adjacent ice cream manufacturing facility.

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ShieldUSCS Salt Lake Offers MVC Service

Sure, it’s a cold facility—but business prospects are heating up for USCS Salt Lake facility, which opened December 2014. This site offers 6 million cubic feet of convertible space with 26,000 racked variable height pallet positions, 18 freezer dock doors (fully enclosed refrigerated shipping/receiving dock), six dry dock doors and five rail doors. Put into perspective, the operation and location is ideal for multi-vendor consolidation programs, says Sam Spicher, Director, Business Development – West for US Cold.

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Shield_1Q_15Wilmington, IL Phase III Expansion

Perhaps there’s no busier or more important transportation market than the Midwest and, specifically, Chicago. That’s where United States Cold Storage (USCS) recently completed a Phase III expansion, in Wilmington, IL.The Shield Newsletter, 1st Quarter 2015

This project brought 3.9 million cubic feet and 17,825 more pallet positions of additional storage in three rooms, which can be computer controlled at temperatures from -5°F to +50°F. The investment brings Wilmington’s current storage handling capacity to 14.3 million cubic feet with more than 55,000 pallet positions.

Wilmington is about 60 miles southwest of Chicago. One of the company’s newest locations, the operation works with sister site in nearby Minooka. Officials say the recent expansion gives Wilmington room to store and stage goods for a bustling transportation program.

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Shield_4Q_14USCS Opens Salt Lake Location

United States Cold Storage will greet a new year with a new warehouse location—the company’s second site in the metro Salt Lake area. Located in Syracuse, UT, just north of Salt Lake City, this Phase One facility opened in the fall with 4.9 million cubic feet of refrigerated storage and another 1 million cubic feet of dry storage.

“Our new, state-of-the-art CO2 facility easily accommodates freezer, refrigerated and dry food grade storage temperatures—with capacity for future extreme, low-temp storage.” notes Syracuse General Manager Riad Sweilem.

Not surprisingly, he says Syracuse already handles a diverse mix of poultry, bakery and dairy items. For the record, the facility features more than 20 dock doors and offers cross-dock transportation services. Since start-up, it has shipped loads to markets throughout the West Coast, Northwest and Southwest.

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USCS Opens Quakertown, PA, Site

You could say cooler temperatures arrived early this fall in east central Pennsylvania. That’s because USCS opened its newest warehouse in Quakertown, a 6.5 million-cubic-foot (Phase I) site capable of -20°F to +40°F storage.

Mid-September found General Manager Frank Marino looking forward to the future. “We’ve just completed our first full week of receiving in-bound shipments and we take on more volume during the next few months,” he says. “But it’s been a smooth transition and opening with everything on track. We’ll have support from our other [Pennsylvania] sites as well as ‘road warriors’ [experienced USCS personnel] from locations throughout the company.”

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Butterball Honors USCS as “Warehouseman of the Year”

Turkey processor Butterball LLC selected United States Cold Storage for the company’s top annual logistics awards: “Butterball Warehouseman of the Year” and “Carrier of the Year.”

Butterball, Garner, NC, is the nation’s largest turkey processor. It supplies the retail, deli and foodservice channels and it also exports to as many as 30 countries worldwide. Stateside, Butterball works with as many as seven third-party warehouse operators.

“USCS is a valued logistics partner,” says Dan DiGrazio is Butterball’s Director of Logistics. “They strategically position Butterball to meet and exceed our customers’ requirements in all areas—including on-time delivery; customized, picked pallets; and technology. They are the leaders in extended warehouse management, transportation management systems and multi-vendor consolidation. USCS excels with state-of-the-art facilities, associate training, sustainability, global food safety and associate safety, just to name a few.”

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USCS Medley (FL) Invests, Upgrades for
Import / Export Growth

World on a plate. It’s a familiar food phrase. But step back and think about cold chain logistics and just how the world’s food and ingredients arrive here after traveling across continents and oceans.

With state-of-the-art warehouses, technology and import services at two of the nation’s most active southern ports, United States Cold Storage (USCS) serves as a customer’s gateway to the United States.

“Food has become a global business that’s extremely important to USCS, as well as its parent, Swire Group,” says George Cruz, VP Area Manager. “We have a presence at major ports throughout the United States, Australia, China and southeast Asia. Import services have become even more critical and strategic,” he continues. “Just think about how supply chains now stretch around the world to supply U.S. customers and consumers, who are more comfortable and demanding with international taste adventure.”

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USCS Building in Big D

United States Cold Storage is constructing a 5.5 million-cubic-foot, public refrigerated warehouse in Dallas. Scheduled for completion next April, the new Phase I project will include two convertible freezers (+35°F to -20°F), and two more freezers (0°F to -20°F). It will replace most of USCS’ original Dallas warehouse, which was built in 1965.

“We have been operating at maximum capacity for the past several years,” says USCS Dallas General Manager Brian 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, WMS, and TMS technology.”

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Cool News: General Mills’ Shield_3Q_12Refrigerated Award to USCS Lebanon

Here’s some cool news! USCS Lebanon (IN) is proud to have been named as General Mills’ “Refrigerated Facility of the Year” for its 2011-2012 performance. Since its 2009 opening, Lebanon has received, stored and shipped General Mills’ Yoplait yogurt and Pillsbury refrigerated dough products. The Indianapolis-area site is one of six in General Mills’ refrigerated warehousing and distribution network. Greg Fowler is General Mills’ Regional Customer Service Facility Manager.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Adam and the entire United States Cold Storage team,” Fowler says. “They have embraced the concepts of continuous improvement and have become a stand-out facility within General Mills’ network.”

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Unilever Honors USCS Hazleton

I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream!

Of course, when you’re talking about pleasing food processor customers—as well as their customers, supermarket retailers— it’s best not to have anybody screaming about inventories or service. And USCS Hazleton (PA) performed so well last year that Unilever United States named Hazleton as the processor’s 2011 Frozen Distribution Center of the Year.

Karl Smith is Unilever’s Manager of Temperature Controlled Distribution Centers in North America. “Unilever is pleased to name United States Cold Storage-Hazleton as ‘Frozen Distribution Center of the Year,’ ” he says. “The award is given annually to the operation with the best performance according to Unilever’s core values of cost, customer service, sustainability and safety.”

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USCS to Rebuild in Omaha

It was a ground-breaking 60th birthday party.

This March saw United States Cold Storage begin a 3.9 million-cubic-foot refrigerated distribution center project in Omaha, NE. It involves the company’s existing 30th Street location, a rail-served site in the city’s historic meatpacking district. USCS has been serving area customers there since building the original warehouse in 1952. USCS expanded the operation in 1964. Rod Noll, Vice President and Area Manager, West Region, was among those evaluating the 30th Street location and considering it for future business plans.

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USCS Breaks Ground in Quakertown, PA

They say, “Two’s company and three’s a crowd.” Yet that saying doesn’t apply in the world of refrigerated warehousing.

With growing customer demand, USCS officials already project that the company’s Bethlehem and Hazleton, PA, sites will approach or reach capacity by mid-2014. That’s why the company broke ground this November in Quakertown, PA.

U.S. Cold expects to complete the 6.5 million-cubic-foot warehouse next summer. Quakertown is north of Philadelphia and south of USCS’ other operations in Bethlehem and Hazleton. It’s located just off Pennsylvania State Road 309 and is close to Interstate Highways 78 and 476.

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USCS Growing in Salt Lake,
Serving West Coast

USCS has been providing refrigerated cold storage and logistics services in Utah’s metropolitan Salt Lake area since 2009—when it began operating a 1.8 million-cubic-foot refrigerated warehouse there.

Today, USCS recognizes Salt Lake’s location makes it ideal not only to supply Salt Lake City, Boise and Denver but also and other major markets in the West. For these reasons, USCS has committed to build a second location, which will be a state of-the-art, multi-temp facility. The site, will feature 4.9 million cubic feet of refrigerated storage and another 1 million cubic feet of dry storage. This flexible facility will accommodate products in four distinct freezers, refrigerated and dry storage areas.

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Shield_2Q_13Fresno’s Fast Growth

Thanks to its fertile soil and climate,
California’s central San Joaquin Valley is known for agriculture. Anything— and seemingly everything—grows there. Businesses grow there, too.

Just six years after its opening, USCS Fresno is expanding for a third time. Officials expect by mid-August to add another 4.5 million cubic feet with another 20,000 pallet positions. Upon completion, USCS Fresno will span more than 14 million cubic feet with more than 65,000 pallet positions, 60 truck dock doors and eight rail doors.

“Since our original Phase 1 opened in 2007, business has been consistently growing,” says Rod Noll, Vice President and Area Manager Western Region. “Many of our customers have increased in annual production.”

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New Year, New Growth

They say success breeds success. As many leading food and beverage processors return to economic health, it bodes well for United States Cold Storage. Last year saw USCS commit to construction projects — including both new facilities and expansions — in Texas, Illinois, Nebraska and Pennsylvania.

Fortunately, this year brings more reason for optimism.

“We are starting off 2013 with a strong momentum and warehouse occupancy already is fairly high for early in the year,” says USCS President & CEO David Harlan. “We’re seeing more post-recession inventory build and more optimism in the business community. Accordingly, we are feeling the need to get back on a ‘fast-track’ growth plan.

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USCS Adds More Space, Services in Turlock, CA

California’s Central Valley is known for its growing seasons and regions. Then again, the topic doesn’t have to be relegated to agricultural commodities. Cold storage facilities grow here, too. USCS Turlock (CA) expects in early December to complete a six-month, 3.5-million-cubic-foot expansion. The project will add three new storage rooms (including two convertible-temp rooms) and 16,000 more pallet positions. Upon completion, Turlock will have as many as 40,000 pallet positions and officials expect to hire as many as 15 to 20 more employees.

“We are very excited about the opportunity this expansion provides for us to grow our business with existing customers,” says Chris Harrington, General Manager of Turlock. “It also will pave the way to establish new ones.”
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USCS Ft. Worth Nets Gorton’s Honor

Maybe you’ve heard about the Bassmaster Classic fishing tournament or even watched it on cable sports. Yet this is a different type of competition for fish – one that involves cold storage warehouse performance. Every year since 1990, frozen seafood processor Gorton’s, Gloucester, Mass., has recognized a third-party warehouse partner for outstanding internal performance and service to Gorton’s customers.

And for the third time since then, USCS Ft. Worth (TX) earned Gorton’s “Warehouse of the Year” Award. “Each year, we have several warehouses near the top of the competition – all the way to the end,” says Hank Morgan, Gorton’s Distribution & Co-packing Manager. “To win, a warehouse has to make sure everyone pays very close attention to detail and provides near perfect service. Ft. Worth demonstrated this to the very end of the competition and – as a result – they edged out two very close competitors.”

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Shield_2Q_11USCS Hosts, Honors Carriers

When it’s crunch time … time to make something happen … time to get serious and get results …they say that’s where “the rubber meets the road.”

And truth is, for as much as United States Cold Storage can deliver best practices in warehousing, logistics and inventory information control – our company relies on carrier partners as valued members
in the complete supply chain. That’s why USCS’ transportation group hosts of a series of regional annual carrier meetings.

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Shield_1Q_11USCS Collaborates with Major Customers for Supply Chain Efficiencies

In February, USCS hosted top customers at the 2011 USCS Supply Chain Management Conference, a collaborative business event designed to share ideas about the most current issues facing logistics management. This year, using the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, FL, as home base, the event featured two full days of meetings with leading food industry executives.

Under the banner, “Creating Supply Chain Efficiencies in a Changing Environment,” USCS assembled a group of eight outside speakers to provide insights on all facets of the food supply chain. Nationally recognized economist and Regents Professor Emeritus of Economics at Georgia State University Donald Ratajczak, PhD, started the conference with eyeopening facts and projections about the US economy and our food supply.

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