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Americold Plans Kansas City, Missouri, Operations

Americold, a global leader in temperature-controlled logistics, real estate, and value-added services, plans to establish operations in Kansas City, Missouri. The $127 million project is expected to create 187 jobs.

The new 335,000-square-foot temperature-controlled warehouse, part of the company’s collaboration with Canadian Pacific Kansas City, will support CPKC’s Mexico Midwest Express service, North America's only single-line rail service offering for refrigerated shippers between U.S. Midwest markets and Mexico.

“We are excited to kick off our strategic collaboration with CPKC through our new Kansas City cold storage facility, expanding Americold’s presence in an important U.S. transportation hub,” said George Chappelle, CEO of Americold. “Combining our cold storage capabilities with CPKC’s extensive rail network enables Americold to deliver a differentiated offering to support more customers across North America. We look forward to further collaboration with CPKC to provide world-class service to more customers and strengthen the food supply chain.”

The project is being supported by the Missouri Works program, a tool that helps companies expand and retain workers by providing access to capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation.

“Americold is a leader in temperature-controlled storage and distribution, and we are proud to welcome them to our state’s large network of more than 20,000 distribution and logistics companies,” noted Subash Alias, CEO of Missouri Partnership. “Positioned in the center of North America and boasting the second-lowest cost of doing business, Missouri stands out as a prime choice for global corporations like Americold.”

The company is also receiving assistance from Missouri One Start, a division of the Department of Economic Development. Missouri One Start assists eligible businesses with their recruitment and training needs.

“As the most centrally located major U.S. market, Kansas City is a key industrial and transportation hub for North America,” added Chris Gutierrez, President of KC SmartPort, a strategic affiliate of the Kansas City Area Development Council. “Americold’s selection of Kansas City for its first facility in partnership with CPKC reinforces our region as a top choice for operational efficiency.”

Americold, the world’s largest publicly-traded REIT, owns and operates 249 facilities with 1.5 billion cubic feet of storage in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South America. The company’s network plays a critical role in the global cold chain, connecting food producers, processors, distributors and retailers to consumers.

“Kansas City has a rich history as a center for commerce,” said Steven Anthony, Vice President of Business Development of the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City. “We’re at a natural crossroads for connection, so this feels like a great strategic move for Americold. Plus, we're thrilled to be bringing nearly 190 well-paying new jobs to our great City.”

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