Americold opens new facility, boosts Atlanta-area economy

Americold opens new facility, boosts Atlanta-area economy

Americold, provider of temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics to the food industry, has officially opened its most recent facility addition in East Point GA.

The 260,000-square-foot temperature-controlled site, purchased in July 2016, reflects the expansion of Americold’s partnership with Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ: SFM) as Sprouts increases its healthy grocery footprint to more than 250 stores in 15 states in 2017.

“The opening of our East Point site allows us to support Sprouts and other food retailers that are rapidly expanding throughout the Southeast. We’re very happy to bring new jobs and career opportunities to our hometown Atlanta community,” said Fred Boehler, president and CEO of Americold.  “Americold is thrilled to be able to work with Sprouts as an anchor tenant in this facility and provide the additional, dedicated capacity needed as they continue to expand their healthy grocery operations from coast to coast.”

The East Point site will serve as a temperature-controlled distribution center for Sprouts’ southeastern operations, which will expand considerably in 2017. The site offers two temperature zones at 34° F and 55° F—ideal for the Sprouts’ fresh produce warehousing needs.

“The city of East Point is a great location for Americold’s new facility, and their investment and creation of more than 80 jobs will certainly help grow the city’s economy,” said Maceo Rogers, director of East Point’s Department of Economic Development. “Americold’s decision to come here underscores East Point as a strategic location for the foodservices industry in metro Atlanta. We are happy that they’re part of the East Point family now, and we look forward to a long-lasting future together.”

Atlanta GA-based Americold owns and operates more than 165 temperature-controlled warehouses, with more than 1 billion cubic feet of storage, in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, China, Argentina and Canada. Its facilities are an integral component of the supply chain connecting food producers, processors, distributors, and retailers to consumers. Americold serves more than 2,500 customers and employs 11,000 associates worldwide.

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