Americold and Perdue Foods announced that the 96,000 square foot temperature-controlled storage facility expansion underway in Leesport, Pa., will handle products for Perdue’s northeastern U.S. customers. Perdue is based in Salisbury, Md. It is a major employer in Delaware and elsewhere on the Delmarva Peninsula.
The Pennsylvania facility provides more than 2.3 million cubic feet of temperature-controlled storage space dedicated to the support of the Perdue Foods business.
Through this expansion, Perdue Farms and Americold are creating just over 100 new jobs in Pennsylvania. The new facility will handle products previously distributed from a Perdue-owned distribution center in Georgetown, Del. No jobs were lost in the change.
The Georgetown distribution center is being converted to a dedicated shipping facility serving the adjacent Georgetown processing plant. No jobs were lost in the move with those affected by the changed moving to other operations at Perdue.
Perdue has been realigning its operations in Pennsylvania. In March, it closed a 600-employee plant in Fredericksburg, Pa.
“The Leesport expansion is symbolic of our long standing partnership with Perdue and our commitment to designing and implementing customized solutions for our customers that meet the needs of their growing businesses,” said Fred Boehler, president of Americold.
“Americold is the leader in temperature controlled distribution and logistics, and expansion of our partnership with them in Leesport will enable us to focus our efforts on continued market leadership in premium brands and products. At the same time, they’ll provide us with updated technology to better serve our customers,” said Lester Gray, senior vice president of operations for Perdue Foods. The Leesport is facility is approximately three hours closer to most customers compared to the Georgetown distribution center.
“This supports our growth across our portfolio of brands, including the Perdue, Harvestland, Coleman Natural and Coleman Organic brands, as well as customer-owned brands, while working toward improvements in customer service,” said Gray. “We’re seeing continued growth through new customers and new products for the Perdue brand and unprecedented growth in organic brands.”