Port Tampa Bay to Develop New Cold Storage Facility
The Board of Commissioners of Port Tampa Bay last week approved entering into a 27-year lease with Port Logistics Tampa Bay I, Inc. to develop a new 130,000 square foot state-of-the-art on-dock cold storage facility to handle refrigerated imports and exports.
Using innovative racking systems, the initial projected throughput for the facility is anticipated to be over 400,000 pallets per year. Port Logistics will also seek 360° Quality Supply Chain Certification to ensure the highest levels of service and product quality from the farm through to the final receiver.
A new Florida corporation, headquartered in Orlando, Port Logistics and its founders bring extensive experience in real estate and logistics park development in China and Central Florida.
“We share Port Tampa Bay’s vision to provide a faster, fresher and better supply chain solution to importers and exporters of refrigerated products,” said Port Logistics president and co-founder Allen Huie.
“This public-private partnership supports our strategic plans for growth and diversification, as well as our recent terminal expansion investments, including the new port-Panamax container gantry cranes which will be delivered early next year,” added Raul Alfonso, executive vice president and chief commercial officer for Port Tampa Bay.
Port Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest port, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. The port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers, and roll-on/roll-off cargoes.
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