Hanson Logistics, a provider of temperature-controlled supply chain services, has announced a $2 million expansion to its Decatur, Mich., facility used for cold storage, mixing and packaging by Dole Packaged Foods.
Hanson Logistics reached an extended lease and service support agreement with Dole Packaged Foods, which includes facility enhancements for higher volume fruit storage, mixing and packaging. Dole Packaged Foods utilizes the facility to mix frozen California fruit with Michigan fruit to reduce supply chain costs and better serve its customers.
Dole Packaged Foods is headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., with its Frozen Foods operations in Atwater, Calif., and is a division of Dole Food Company Inc. In addition to fresh fruits, Dole packages frozen foods such as blackberries, blueberries, dark sweet cherries, mixed berries, mixed fruit, pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, peaches, mango, tropical mixed fruit and wild blueberries.
Hanson Logistics’ network of Michigan warehouses will play a key role in supplying Dole-Michigan with much of the fruit utilized in its products. Located south of I-94 in a prime agricultural area, the Decatur facility has a capacity of 1.4 million cu. ft. that includes food processing space. The frozen and refrigerated facility can accommodate 7,500 pallet positions configured for bulk and processed fruit and vegetables.
Decatur is one of eight Hanson Logistics temperature-controlled facilities in a network designed to support agricultural production and storage of food products, as well as high-velocity finished goods distribution for CPG companies.