Hanson Logistics (St. Joseph, Mich.) is constructing a 14,500,000 cu.-ft., temperature-controlled Chicago Consolidation Center to support demand for order mixing, freight consolidation and shared truckload delivery to retail and foodservice distribution centers. Construction is scheduled for completion in late summer 2007.
The new facility will be constructed in three phases with a total of 45,000 pallet positions ranging from deep frozen (-20°F) for ice cream to frozen(0°F) and cooler (32- 40°F). Phase one will consist of 5,000,000 cu. ft. (135,000 sq. ft.) and 15,600 pallet positions. The facility is designed specifically for high-volume throughput, with a flexible racking design and layout enabling Hanson to meet a variety of customer requirements including case-pick consolidation and cross docking of temperature-controlled food products. As part of this initiative, the company expects to expand its truck fleet, and offer clients rail service via the CN Railroad.