Lineage Logistics will build a $42 million expansion of its Jourdan Road cold-storage facility in East New Orleans, Louisiana. The company will retain 188 existing jobs while creating an estimated 50 new direct maritime and warehousing jobs.
One of two major Lineage facilities at the Port of New Orleans, the cold-storage complex at Jourdan Road along the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal will grow from 160,000 square feet to 304,000 square feet. The expansion is projected to be complete in the second quarter of 2022, and the company will begin hiring in early 2022.
“This expansion is critical, due to increasing worldwide demand for U.S. poultry, primarily from Angola, Cuba, Hong Kong, Mexico and Taiwan,” said Mike McClendon, Lineage’s president of International Operations and executive vice president of Network Optimization. “Lineage and Port NOLA have worked closely on this project to accommodate growing volumes and new lines of export agriculture commodities, and a growing trade of fresh produce imports.”
To secure the expansion project, the State of Louisiana is providing $10 million in capital outlay funds, while the Port of New Orleans is providing $2 million and Lineage Logistics is investing the remaining $30 million in capital for the cold-storage project. The company also is expected to utilize Louisiana’s Quality Jobs Program.
“The Lineage Logistics project at the Port of New Orleans is a boon for the City of New Orleans and our entire state,” Governor John Bel Edwards said. “The value-added exports of Lineage Logistics will continue to strengthen Louisiana’s $1.6 billion poultry industry, including nearly 300 commercial broiler producers throughout 11 parishes. We welcome this significant new investment and its economic impact across Louisiana.”
Shipments from the existing and expanding cold-storage facilities of Lineage Logistics draw upon multiple Louisiana poultry producers, including hatcheries, feed mills, broiler complexes and processing plants. In 2020, Lineage facilities in New Orleans partnered with the Port of New Orleans to export 380,000 tons of poultry to global markets. The expansion will support imports of fresh produce as well.
“The benefit of this project cannot be overstated,” said Commissioner Mike Strain of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. “Between 30 percent and 40 percent of the poultry exported through this facility is produced and processed at Louisiana commercial broiler farms, and the Lineage project is critical not just for Louisiana’s poultry industry, but for our soybean farmers as well. Soybeans feed our poultry industry, and our poultry industry feeds the world.”
Lineage Logistics is an international warehousing and logistics company owned by Bay Grove, LLC. As the world's largest refrigerated warehousing company it has around 200 facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia.
“Port NOLA is elated to see this project move forward,” said port President and CEO Brandy Christian. “Poultry exports have traditionally been a strong segment of our cargo portfolio and, due to worldwide demand, we see poultry and other temperature-sensitive cargoes as critical to Port NOLA’s future.”