New facilities for Swire Cold Storage

SCS’ commitment to the cold storage and distribution industry continues with the announcement of two new facilities to be built in Melbourne’s west and Perth’s east.

The Victorian facility will be located in the Laverton industrial district in a prize location twenty minutes from Melbourne CBD and close to Melbourne’s main port and transport infrastructure.

Its completion will equip SCS with the most comprehensive geographical coverage of any refrigerated storage 3PL in Melbourne, complementing its other facilities at Lyndhurst, Doveton and Clayton.

The Perth facility will likewise be strategically located at the rail head in Welshpool making it ideally positioned to handle interstate freight.

Both new builds will boast significant annexes to accommodate C-Store cross-dock operations with Perth also finding room to accommodate three new blast freezer units.

The new facilities will comprise of two rooms, each with the capability of operating as chiller or freezer depending on the demand for either service.

Using two-stage ammonia refrigeration plants, the facilities will also be more energy efficient thanks to state of the art air-evaporators which use ambient air for defrosting saving both water and energy.

To minimise SCS’ dependence on town water the two new facilities and all future builds will now come with on site water tanks to capture storm water runoff from the warehouse roofs.

“All of us at Swire Cold Storage are excited about the new developments in Melbourne and Perth,” says Swire Cold Storage CEO Rick Woods.

“We are all working diligently to set this business up for the long term and are delighted with the commitment our shareholders have made to the Australian market.”

Particularly pleasing is the fact that one of our larger customers, Simplot, have already committed to a large proportion of the Laverton facility and will move in immediately upon its completion,” Wodds says.

“Laverton is expected to be completed in the first quarter 2008 with Perth rapidly on its heels due for completion in mid 2008.”

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