Planned Santa Maria facility eyes berries - The Packer

Planned Santa Maria facility eyes berries

01/21/2014 01:16:00 PM
Mike Hornick

Lineage LogisticsLineage Logistics has begun construction on a 226,000-square-foot cold storage and processing facility in Santa Maria, Calif.

The site at 1349 W. La Brea Ave. is scheduled to open by June. Berries — all types — are expected to account for the bulk of the business.

“It is a commercial cold storage facility that will be available to all fruit growers and processors,” said Megan Hendricksen, communication director for Colton, Calif.-based Lineage Logistics.

The company plans to attain LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, certification for the building’s sustainability features. It will include 132,000 square feet of frozen storage, 65,000 square feet for food processing, and eight blast cells with capacity to blast freeze up to 1 million pounds per day.

The Santa Maria site will also offer rail access and in-house transportation services.

“We are proud to add a Lineage facility in a region where our fruit and vegetable customers need capacity to grow their businesses,” chief executive officer Bill Hendricksen said in a news release.

When fully operational, we facility is expected to have 28 permanent and 250 seasonal jobs.

Lineage Logistics, which is sponsored by Bay Grove Capital LLC, also owns and operates facilities in Oxnard and Watsonville, Calif.



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