Jerry Wagner, president of Nogales-based Farmers Best International LLC, said his company has been shipping through a McAllen facility for years.
“This will speed up delivery time from shed to border and lower fuel costs for us to get to our product to the valley,” Wagner said.
Nogales shippers aren’t the only ones getting in on the expansion.
Glennvile, Ga.-based Bland Farms LLC opened its own distribution center in Donna, Texas, Bland Distribution Services, back in late 2007.
The company uses the facility for its Texas and Mexico onion deals, but also built on cold storage to serve as an in-and-out for other shippers.
Nick Sanchez, general manager of Bland Distribution Services, said business is definitely picking up for the company’s cold storage services.
“We’re giving a lot of tours,” he said.
“We’ve been contacted by a number of shippers from Nogales. A lot of people are exploring now and waiting for the freeway to open.”