NewCold, the Netherlands-based specialist in automated cold storage, opened its $90 million, 180,000-square-foot facility in Burley, Idaho. The company plans to employ 100 associates.
NewCold’s Burley facility, considered one of the largest in the U.S., which took 25,000 tons of steel to construct, is using advanced conveyance and stacking technology to load and store frozen food pallets. French fry maker McCain Foods, which recently underwent a $200 million expansion in Burley, is NewCold’s largest Idaho customer.
“This is NewCold’s second U.S. operation and one of the largest cold-storage facilities of its kind,” said NewCold U.S. Director Jonas Swarttouw. “Due to its concentration of food processing companies, strong labor force, and good supplier and government partnerships, NewCold chose Idaho for one of the most innovative and efficient frozen-food centers in the country.”
The new warehouse stands at over 14 stories tall, with a cubic, vertical layout optimal for pallet storage. Its sleek, efficient design cuts down energy consumption by up to half the rate of traditional warehouses. In fact, the facility’s high bay, not accessible by facility workers, is kept dark, slashing electricity usage.
“This is an amazing development for Burley and the state of Idaho,” said Doug Manning, Economic Development Director for Burley. “Not only does the subzero cold-storage facility bring jobs to Idaho, but it is paving the way for future logistics development here. We look forward to the exciting work NewCold brings to Burley, and the advancements it will continue to make.”
The cutting-edge facility nears a short-line rail facility which will be used to ship approximately 15 percent of NewCold’s stored foods. The remaining loads will be trucked to food-service clients or other warehouses.
“Bringing a global company to Burley shows just how rapid and expansive Southern Idaho’s growth has been,” said Connie Stopher, Executive Director, Southern Idaho Economic Development. “This recent foreign direct investment is a game-changer for the region and is a huge addition to our food distribution chain.”