Port Tampa Bay warehouse construction begins

Port Logistics Refrigerated Services has started building a cold storage warehouse at Florida’s Port Tampa Bay.

Slated for a summer 2017 opening, this 134,000-square-foot facility will be able to handle chilled and frozen products. The on-dock warehouse’s 9,000 pallet positions will accommodate refrigerated containers and palletized breakbulk cargo.

The warehouse, situated on 13.7 acres, will include 96 refrigerated container plugs, onsite USDA/CBP inspection and fumigation services, and a Gottwald mobile harbor crane.

Richard Corbett, a Tampa FL developer, will be a partner in funding this project on behalf of Port Logistics Refrigerated Services.

Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay president and chief executive officer, said, “We are excited about this opportunity to partner with Port Logistics Refrigerated Services and Dick Corbett. This project supports our strategic plans for growth and diversification, as well as our recent terminal expansion investments, including the new post-Panamax container cranes, which were commissioned in July.”

Port Tampa Bay ranks as Florida’s largest port, generating almost $15 billion in annual revenue. Providing around 80,000 jobs, the port handles bulk, break bulk, containers, and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and it serves as a key shipbuilding and repair center.

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