NOVI, MICH. – Temperature-controlled industrial REIT (real estate investment trust) and logistics solutions provider, Lineage Logistics LLC, announced plans to build a next-generation automated cold-storage facility in Windsor, Colo., for JBS USA, Greeley, Colo. The new building spans more than 200,000 square feet and is designed to provide JBS with expanded blast freezing and storage capacity, as well as rail access to support the shipment of export products to ports located on the West Coast. The facility will supplement Lineage’s growing network of fully automated storage facilities worldwide.
“We are thrilled to partner with our long-term customer, JBS, along with the Town of Windsor and Upstate Colorado Economic Development on this project that builds on JBS’s long history of supporting local Colorado communities,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, president and chief executive officer of Lineage. “Through this tremendous partnership, we will construct a new, world-class automated cold storage facility that leverages our industry-leading technology and expertise and builds a more efficient supply chain for JBS.”
Lineage purchased land in the 3,000-acre Great Western Industrial Park (GWIP), owned and operated by rail and real estate developer The Broe Group for the facility. The Broe Group’s transportation affiliate, OmniTRAX, will provide rail service through its network of 24 regional and shortline railroads across North America. OmniTRAX will design, build and operate a custom intermodal rail solution for the new facility that will create bulk shipment efficiencies and enable worldwide reach.
“This is an exciting project for our company that supports not just our efforts to provide high-quality food for families around the world but also our longstanding commitment to the state of Colorado,” said Tim Schellpeper, CEO of JBS USA. “The new state-of-the-art facility strengthens our longterm, successful partnership with Lineage, streamlines our supply chain to benefit customers and improves efficiencies, all while benefitting this region through job creation and local investment.”
The Town of Windsor and Upstate Colorado Economic Development collaborated with Lineage and JBS to secure this project resulting in a $102.9 million, 10-year net fiscal benefit to the town and further support of economic development of the region including the creation of 80 permanent jobs.
Construction of the facility is expected to be complete in 2023.