A California-based company is thawing out a 2012 plan to build a frozen food warehouse in North Charleston.
Lineage Logistics said Thursday it is scheduled to break ground in July on a 340,000-square-foot storage site at 7748 Palmetto Commerce Parkway, part of the Palmetto Commerce Park development between Ladson and Ashley Phosphate roads.
The warehouse will use rail access and the local port for its export operations, the company said.
"Specific customer needs and comprehensive infrastructure in the world-class Port of Charleston makes this key logistics hub an important addition to our other port-centric facilities on the East Coast," Lineage Logistics CEO Bill Hendricksen said in a written statement.
The site of the proposed warehouse is the exact location where Millard Refrigerated Services said in late 2012 it would invest $42 million in a cold-storage distribution center and create 87 jobs.
It new cold-storage distribution center for overseas-bound meat products.
The Nebraska-based company was supposed begin shipping meat products overseas from North Charleston this year, but the building never materialized.
Earlier this year, Millard was sold to Lineage Logistics. A representative from the Colton, Calif.-based company's headquarters could not be reached for comment Thursday.
In a statement, Lineage Logistics said its new North Charleston warehouse will include "high-capacity blast freezing" for exporting protein food products to foreign markets.
The State Ports Authority said it welcomed the delayed investment.
"The port is experiencing strong growth in the refrigerated container business," CEO Jim Newsome said in a statement. "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."
Last month, the SPA's board of directors approved up to $12 million to help expand the New Orleans Cold Storage space on Remount Road in North Charleston to support the increased demand.
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