NORPAC Foods Inc and Henningsen Cold Storage Co celebrated their new 225,000-square-foot frozen food storage and distribution facility with an open house for its farmer-owners, employees, partners, and civic officials recently. The new facility is owned and operated by Hillsboro OR-based Henningsen Cold Storage, a family-owned frozen and refrigerated warehousing company, and was constructed on NORPAC-owned land adjacent to its packaging facility. The facility was designed to support the company’s continued growth and will immediately become NORPAC’s primary distribution point for the company’s frozen finished goods. The new facility will provide energy and cost savings through more efficient transportation and storage practices.
“The project has been a true partnership from the ground up,” said George Smith, chief executive officer of NORPAC. “We’re proud to work with civic leaders and Henningsen, another steadfast Oregon-based company, to make this project a reality. This investment is symbolic of our pride in local agriculture and our long-term commitment to Salem.” In addition to the construction of the cold storage facility, NORPAC consolidated 120 employees from two satellite offices to a new corporate headquarters building in Salem OR, located next to the new cold storage and existing packaging facilities. NORPAC’s Stayton OR processing facility will continue to operate at full capacity. “We take great pride in helping local farmers and a fellow Oregon business thrive,” said Mike Henningsen, chairman and president, Henningsen Cold Storage. “It’s exciting to know that, in partnership with NORPAC, we’ll preserve the fresh flavors from the fields for people to enjoy year-round.” Henningsen Cold Storage is one of the largest public refrigerated warehousing companies in the United States, with 10 facilities in six states providing more than 53 million cubic feet of temperature-controlled storage. For further information, go to www.henningsen.com. NORPAC is a cooperative owned by 240 family farmers in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, which provides frozen and canned vegetables and fruit, along with soups and other products, to the foodservice, retail, club store, remanufacture, and export market segments. Originally established as Stayton Canning Company in 1924, NORPAC has grown to now operate processing and packaging facilities in Stayton, Salem, Brooks, and Hermiston OR, along with Quincy WA. Access www.NORPAC.com to learn more.