Hanson Logistics is finishing its Chicago Consolidation Center Phase II expansion, with temperature draw-down scheduled for later in August 2010.
This additional space is required in large part to the success of the company’s Velocities Multi-Vendor Consolidation (MVC) program, which now has a 50% larger customer pool than this same time in 2009. As the company projected, a number of upper Midwest food processors struggle to achieve acceptable margins in their national distribution. Velocities—and the opportunity to ship LTL at a shared truckload rate—provides an answer for them.
Phase II consists of new office areas and 2,517,000 cubic feet of warehousing space, adding more short-term storage, 7,800 pallet positions, staging, and dock space for frozen and refrigerated foods. The energy-efficient Chicago Consolidation Center is a three-phase, 14.5-million-cu-ft facility now in its third full year of operation. This complex was designed specifically for high-volume throughput, including flexible racking for quick-pick consolidation and cross-docking of temperature-controlled food products.
Easily accessible, the facility is home to Hanson Transportation Management Services, which provides inbound, shuttle service, national truckload service, as well as Velocities MVC. Velocities delivers scheduled shared truckloads to major retail, wholesale, and foodservice distribution centers throughout the United States.The Chicago facility will eventually total 45,000 pallet positions in deep frozen (–20° F) to frozen (0° F) and cooler areas (28° to 42° F).