As a result of various meetings and discussions with the Port of Quincy, Lynden Ice has selected Quincy WA to locate an ice freezing, crushing, and bagging operation to serve the greater eastern Washington area.
Lynden Ice is a leading producer of foodgrade packaged party and beverage ice in Washington state and has an ice-making facility in Lynden WA (in western Washington) that produces 110 tons of ice in a 24-hour period.
The company started in 1985 with 12 customers. Over the years, the demand for its product and service grew, and the company now has approximately 500 customers in western Washington and nearly 300 in eastern Washington and northeastern Oregon.
At full capacity, Lynden Ice’s new ice freezing, crushing, and bagging operation in Quincy will be able to produce 210 tons per day. More importantly, the Quincy operation will allow Lynden Ice to dependably and cost-effectively supply fresh pure ice to grocery and convenience stores in the greater eastern Washington area. As a result, in the next 12 months, Lynden Ice (with its new operation in Quincy) plans to increase its customer base to 350 customers in eastern Washington and as the operation in Quincy grows, Lynden Ice estimates it will be servicing 600 eastern Washington customers within the next five years.
Lynden Ice’s selection of Quincy for its new ice-making operation complements the Port of Quincy’s emerging reputation as a location for refrigerated and frozen shipping, storage, and distribution. According to a recent study of 29 western US and Canadian locations with intermodal connections to regional markets, Quincy ranked as the lowest-cost location for operating a temperature-controlled facility, refrigerated distribution center, or warehouse.
The Lynden Ice operation in Quincy will employ about nine to 12 full-time employees. It is locating in a building leased from Columbia Colstor, a provider of temperature-controlled warehousing with more than 50 million cubic feet of refrigerated and/or frozen warehouse space in the Pacific Northwest.
For more information, contact Darrell Honcoop of Lynden Ice at 360-354-5227; or Pat Connelly of the Port of Quincy at 509-214-7696.