NOCS facility expansion aids Charleston port

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) recently celebrated the newly expanded New Orleans Cold Storage (NOCS) facility in North Charleston. This expansion resulted from SCPA’s 38% growth in refrigerated cargo since 2011.

Finished in November 2015, the expansion boosts the facility’s blast freezing capabilities by 50%. The addition of 81,000 square feet of capacity more than doubles NOCS’s local footprint, which now provides 136,000 square feet of cold storage.

“We are looking forward to offering even more services to our clients at the Port of Charleston, where we have been for almost 30 years,” said Mark Blanchard, NOCS president and chief executive officer. “This expansion will help us continue to be one of the largest logistics and cold storage suppliers to the poultry, pork, beef, seafood, vegetable, and international refrigerated food industries.”

NOCS originally located in Charleston in 1986 to provide cold storage for import meats from Australia, New Zealand, Central America, and South America.

A logistics provider specializing in import and export services for food processors and distributors, NOCS operates from four port facilities on the US Southeast seaboard and Gulf of Mexico. It offers a “one-stop” export process, including transportation to the port, blast freezing and warehousing, certification and documentation, plus loading of break-bulk vessels.

SPCA owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston, Georgetown, and Greer SC, handling international commerce valued at more than $63 billion annually. Port operations facilitate 187,200 statewide jobs and generate nearly $53 billion annual economic activity.

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