Hanson Logistics expanding Chicago Consolidation Center

Hanson Logistics is expanding its temperature-controlled Chicago Consolidation Center in Hobart IN. The Phase II expansion is due in large part to the growth of the Hanson Velocities Multi-Vendor Consolidation (MVC) program launched in 2008. Hanson expects to break ground in March with opening scheduled for July 2010.

Consisting of new office areas and 2,517,000 cubic feet of warehousing space, the expansion will add more short-term storage, 7,800 pallet positions, staging, and dock space for frozen and refrigerated foods. The flagship Chicago Consolidation Center is a three-phase, 14.5 million-cu-ft facility now in its third full year of operation.

This complex is designed specifically for high-volume throughput, including flexible racking for quick-pick consolidation and cross docking of temperature-controlled food products. From there, Hanson Transportation Management Services provides inbound, shuttle service, national truckload service, as well as Velocities MVC. Velocities delivers scheduled shared truckloads to retail, wholesale, and foodservice distribution centers throughout the United States.

Hanson identified the Interstate 80, I-94, and I-65 corridor in northwest Indiana, specifically the area of Hobart, as offering customers the optimum combination of location, business climate, and robust infrastructure. The Chicago Consolidation Center and Velocities bring “final mile” efficiency to food manufacturers of all sizes, including mid-tier volume traditionally unable to gain economies of truckload delivery.

Headquartered in St Joseph MI, Hanson provides temperature-controlled supply chain services, and is one of the largest privately held refrigerated warehouse networks in the nation. It has nine facilities totaling 38 million cubic feet of deep frozen, refrigerated, and dry warehousing space.

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