Feb 18, 2011 9:43 AM
Hanson Logistics has announced a $2 million expansion to the company’s Decatur MI facility used for cold storage, mixing, and packaging by Dole Packaged Foods.
An extended lease and service support agreement was reached by Hanson Logistics with Dole Packaged Foods, which includes facility enhancements for higher-volume fruit storage, mixing, and packaging. Dole Packaged Foods uses the facility to mix frozen California fruit with Michigan fruit to reduce supply chain costs and better serve customers.
Besides being positive economic news for southwest Michigan, the increased processing capacity will draw more from the state’s agricultural community.
“This is certainly great news for the Michigan fruit growers, as well Hanson Logistics,” said Andrew Janson, president of Hanson Logistics. “We’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Dole Packaged Foods during the past several years and to extend our agreement to 11 years is a great vote of confidence in all Hanson teammates and the Michigan infrastructure.”
A division of Dole Food Company Inc, Dole Packaged Foods is headquartered in Westlake Village CA with its Frozen Foods operations in Atwater CA. Along with fresh fruits, it packages frozen foods such as blackberries, blueberries, dark sweet cherries, mixed berries, mixed fruit, pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, peaches, mango, tropical mixed fruit, and wild blueberries.
Hanson Logistics’ network of Michigan warehouses will play a key role in supplying Dole-Michigan with much of the fruit used in its products. Located south of Interstate 94 in a prime agricultural area, the Decatur facility has a capacity of 1.4 million cubic feet that includes food processing space. The frozen and refrigerated facility can handle 7,500 pallet positions configured for bulk and processed fruit and vegetables.
Decatur is one of eight Hanson Logistics temperature-controlled facilities in a network designed to support agricultural production and storage of food products, as well as high-velocity finished-goods distribution for CPG companies.
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