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United States Cold Storage Invests $48 Million In Covington, Tennessee, Warehouse-Distribution Center

10/07/2014
A Nationwide refrigerated warehouse logistics provider, United States Cold Storage will invest $48 million to expand its current operations by adding a new 315,000 square foot distribution and warehouse facility in Covington, Tennessee. The firm expects to add equipment and create 63 new jobs in Tipton County.

The new facility will be constructed on 23-acres of land in Rialto Industrial Park adjacent to Unilever. The two facilities will be connected by a freezer conveyor in order to move the finished ice cream product to the cold storage facility, which will be stored at minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit. With locations already in Smyrna and La Vergne, Tennessee, the new location in Covington will serve as the third party logistics provider for Unilever due to their recent expansion.

“United States Cold Storage and Unilever work together across the country, and we are all very excited to expand our growing relationship at a USCS facility that embraces automation by maximizing on efficiencies of being plant attached to this very significant Unilever ice cream production facility,” George Cruz, United States Cold Storage Vice President/Area Manager, said. “We know that working together with the community that this project will be successful.”

Primus Builders is constructing the new Covington facility, which will open in December, to LEED Silver certification standards. Some of the features include low-flow fixtures to reduce Tennessee water consumption, various technology solutions that will reduce energy consumption by over 30 percent and installing reflective roofing to reduce heat in the building.

“United States Cold Storage’s expansion in Covington highlights our continuing efforts to work with and promote in-state industries’ success in Tennessee,” said Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty. “I am extremely pleased they are growing as a result of another incumbent business, Unilever.”

“Once Unilever finishes its current expansion plans, it will be the largest ice cream manufacturing facility in the world, furthered by the increased logistical capabilities of United States Cold Storage and Tennessee’s unbeatable central location. I appreciate the new jobs United States Cold Storage is creating in Tipton County and look forward to their ongoing success in our state,” he added.

“TVA and Covington Electric System congratulate United States Cold Storage on its latest Tennessee expansion to locate a facility adjacent to Unilever and create new jobs in Covington,” Tennessee Valley Authority Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “We are pleased to be partners with the state of Tennessee, city of Covington, Tipton County and HTL Advantage to facilitate business growth.”

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