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Primus Breaks Ground on New Cold Storage Facility for Lineage Logistics

July 31, 2014
Author: Rebecca Elliott

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Just as Primus wraps up work on a 420,000 SF refrigerated warehouse for Lineage Logistics in Colton, California, the firm broke ground last week on a new Lineage facility in North Charleston, South Carolina. The 340,000 SF Greenfield cold storage warehouse will be located in Palmetto Commerce Park and have rail access as well as immediate access to the Port of Charleston.

Local dignitaries and executives from Lineage and Primus gathered at the site to celebrate. Lineage worked with state and local officials for over a year to make the project a reality.

“We are excited to break ground with Lineage Logistics and welcome them as the newest company to call North Charleston and Palmetto Commerce Parkway home,” said North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey. The facility is expected to provide 80 jobs to the local community.

“The SCPA and maritime community are pleased to welcome Lineage to Charleston. The Port is experiencing strong growth in the refrigerated container business, the addition of Lineage’s cold storage and blast freezing facility provides Charleston with the increased capabilities necessary to meet the needs of this important cargo segment,” said Jim Newsome, president and CEO, South Carolina Ports Authority.

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Primus is currently providing design-build services on Phase 1 of this 2-phase project. Features of this 180,000 SF piece of the project include:

  • Convertible freezers with temperatures ranging from -10°F to 35°F
  • Blast room
  • Shipping, receiving and rail/cross docks maintained at 35°F
  • Battery charging room
  • Maintenance shop
  • USDA Room
  • Employee welfare and office areas

The facility will import and export protein products for both domestic and international markets. It will feature the newest high-capacity blast freezing technology and offer a variety of transportation options (ship, train, truck).

“Lineage Logistics has proven to be an excellent partner,” said Rich O’Connell, President of Primus Builders, Inc. “We’ve completed several projects together and look forward to making this one a success.”