"Exactly three years ago, Nordic opened its doors here in Savannah to give our customers the logistical advantages that come with one of America's most efficient ports, combined with the superior connectivity of Interstates 95 and 16," said Don Schoenl, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nordic and the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, 15th April.
Nordic, a member of AGRO Merchants Group, LLC, opened its initial 200,000 ft2 (18,600 m2) cold storage warehouse in Savannah almost exactly two years ago. During that time the Phase I facility has exported 0.5 Mt of frozen food.
"Nordic's expansion here is a powerful endorsement of the Port of Savannah's expertise in handling refrigerated cargo, and its ability to meet the demands of producers as well as a growing consumer market across the U.S. Southeast," said Griff Lynch, incoming executive director at the Georgia Ports Authority.
Nordic's Phase II increases employment by aroiund 70 at its cold storage warehouse at I-95 and Jimmy Deloach Parkway, just six miles from the Port of Savannah. The site's second building can hold more than 20,000t of cargo at a time. Ross Maple, Director of Business Strategy for Nordic, said the added space will bring the company's total Savannah capacity to almost 50,000t.
"To be able to offer companies access to the world via our ports is one of our major economic development selling points as we recruit businesses to Georgia," said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. "Nordic's commitment to Savannah with the expansion of their cutting-edge temperature-controlled storage facility is a testament to the impact the Port of Savannah has around the globe."
Noting outstanding service at the Port of Savannah, including fast turn times for trucks carrying refrigerated containers, Maple said Nordic is committed to growing in Savannah. "With the port's deepening project, post-Panamax ships and continued growth of the area, we are building not only for our current customers, but our future growth and new commodities as well"
Lynch added: "Savannah handles 40% of all frozen poultry sent overseas, more than any other port in the US. Nordic's announcement today, along with on-terminal improvements, positions Savannah to continue serving as the export gateway for refrigerated cargo in the US Southeast."
The Georgia Ports Authority's Garden City container terminal features 104 refrigerated cargo racks plus 738 plug-ins for containers on chassis. At 24 container slots per rack, it has the on-dock terminal ability to power a total of 3234 chilled containers at a time.