New Orleans Cold Storage, the oldest cold storage company in North America, opened a new 142,000-square-foot cold storage warehouse at the Port of New Orleans on Thursday.
The new Henry Clay facility can store 38 million pounds of perishable products and can freeze up to 1.25 million pounds of fresh product each day.
The new terminal’s capabilities include blast freezing, handling, warehousing and stevedoring of export poultry and beef products.
The building was constructed with the latest environmentally friendly technology to cut down on energy expenses and increase efficiency.
The building has LED lighting, room to berth two ships, the ability to load perishable products into containers and transfer the cargo to the Port of New Orleans container terminal for ocean transport. The new Henry Clay Wharf location is so close to the Port of New Orleans Container Terminal that overall efficiency will increase because of their close proximity.
The dockside refrigerated terminal cost $40 million to design and build. Of that amount, $23.5 million came from a federal Community Development Block Grant that is part of Louisiana’s Disaster Recovery Program. The remaining $16.5 million in funding came from the Port of New Orleans, which owns the terminal and leases it to NOCS.