Vertical Cold Storage builds coldstore in Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri, USA: Vertical Cold Storage has begun construction of a multi-modal distribution centre in Kansas City, Missouri, expected to open in 2024.

“Vertical Cold Storage is excited to deliver the first facility in Kansas City to offer the value-added services of blast freezing, case picking, and expedited intermodal transportation solutions adjacent to the CPKC intermodal terminal,” West Hutchison, chief executive, Vertical Cold Storage, said.

“Kansas City is an excellent location for customers interested in reducing their carbon footprint and transportation expense by leveraging new intermodal capacity for import/export or domestic transportation needs.

“Most cold storage operators are moving away from value-added services like blast freezing and case picking, but our team of life-long cold storage operators embraces these complexities and is looking forward to utilizing our best-in-class processes, IT solutions, robotic material-handling equipment, and AI technology to provide efficient and safe service to our customers.”

The site, adjacent to the CPKC intermodal terminal in south Kansas City, will have over 300,000sq foot of storage, approximately 50,000 pallet positions, blast freezing technology, and four rooms convertible to minus-20F.

“The Vertical Cold team has collaborated closely with our partners and the Kansas City government to develop an advanced multi-modal centre, effectively addressing the supply chain challenges of our customers,” said Ryan Anderson, co-president , Platform Ventures, an investment firm backing the project.