Oak­land port to get boost with new cold-stor­age unit

Fa­cil­ity ex­pected to broaden abil­ity to han­dle frozen foods

The Mercury News Weekend - - SPORTS - By Ge­orge Ava­los gava­los@ba­yare­anews­group.com

OAK­LAND » A huge new Oak­land port de­pot for cut­tingedge cold stor­age will add jobs and dra­mat­i­cally broaden the ship­ping hub’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties, of­fi­cials said Thurs­day.

The 280,000- square-foot fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to greatly broaden the Port ofOak­land’s abil­ity to han­dle frozen and chilled foods.

The new cold stor­age ware­house, which will be able to han­dle up to 1 mil­lion tons of prod­uct an­nu­ally, was cre­ated through a part­ner­ship of Lin­eage Lo­gis­tics, whose ex­per­tise is in tem­per­a­ture­con­trolled sup­ply chains and lo­gis­tics; and Dreis­bach En­ter­prises, which pro­vides re­frig­er­ated ware­hous­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

“We be­lieve this is a gamechanger for the sup­ply chain at the port,” said Mike Zampa, a spokesman for the Port of Oak­land. “It is the big­gest de­vel­op­ment the port and its part­ners have brought on-line in years.”

The Lin­eage Cool Port fa­cil­ity has a di­rect rail­way con­nec­tion at one of its en­trances, which cre­ates ac­cess to an ar­ray of rail lines.

“Cool Port is now one of the fastest, most cost-ef­fec­tive and qual­ity-con­trolled-means of trans­port­ing per­ish­able foods in­ter­na­tion­ally,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, pres­i­dent of Lin­eage Lo­gis­tics.

Among the new cus­tomers that are ex­pected: sup­pli­ers of frozen meats and other per­ish­able goods that are lo­cated in the Mid­west that might be de­liv­er­ing to re­cip­i­ents in Asia.

“We’ll more ef­fi­ciently con­nect U.S. pro­duc­ers to Asian mar­kets and in the process cre­ate hun­dreds of jobs in our own back­yard,” said Ja­son Dreis­bach, pres­i­dent of Dreis­bach En­ter­prises.

About 150 to 200 new jobs are ex­pected to be cre­ated, Zampa said.

“The hir­ing will in­crease as vol­ume ramps up,” Zampa said.

“Cool Port is now one of the fastest, most cost-ef­fec­tive and qual­ity-con­trolled means of trans­port­ing per­ish­able foods in­ter­na­tion­ally” — Greg Lehmkuhl, pres­i­dent of Lin­eage Lo­gis­tics

MEGAN HENDRICKSEN — LIN­EAGE LO­GIS­TICS

Among new cus­tomers that are ex­pected to take ad­van­tage of Oak­land port’s new cold-stor­age fa­cil­ity are sup­pli­ers of frozen meats and other per­ish­able goods that are lo­cated in theMid­west that might be de­liv­er­ing to re­cip­i­ents in Asia.

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