From left: Gordon Krantz, Mayor of Milton; Lisa Raitt, MP for Milton; Shelly Martin, president of Nestle Canada; and Doug Harrison, president and CEO of VersaCold.
VersaCold Logistics Services has opened a new controlled temperature distribution centre in Milton, ON that, when completed, projects to become one of the largest facilities of its kind in Canada.
The 255,000 sq. ft. warehouse area will handle an average of 30 inbound loads daily, and 60 outbound loads. Seventeen million cases of product will be handled annually. Shelley Martin, president and COO Nestlé Canada attended the grand opening and views VersaCold as a strategic partner for helping it distribute everything from ice cream through pizza.
Douglas Harrison, president & CEO of VersaCold, expects 2.7 million cubic feet of ice cream to be shipped – enough to fill 30 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Plus 48 million pounds of pizza, enough to span Canada almost one-and-a-half times. The facility will handle 51 million pounds of frozen meals. There are almost 26,000 pallet positions. The distribution centre is roughly two-thirds completed and operating at about half of its capacity. It is expected to be completed in late 2018. Full capacity is expected to be about 70,000 pallet positions. The shell of the new distribution centre evolved from a building used by Sobey’s for many years.