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Lineage Logistics expands port-centric footprint in Georgia

Dec. 28, 2021
Company opens Phase I of temperature-controlled import/export warehouse, announces plan to break ground on greenfield site at Port of Savannah

Lineage Logistics is expanding its facility network near the major port in Savannah, Ga.

The expansion includes a recently opened temperature-controlled warehouse, and a new $62 million, “next-generation” building the company said it soon will break ground on.

“It’s a pleasure to see Lineage Logistics continue to invest in Georgia,” said Gov. Brian P. Kemp. “Hardworking Georgians and our top-notch training programs like Georgia Quick Start continue to give companies the confidence they need to expand by showing them that Georgia’s workforce is not only skilled, but up to the task.”

Lineage’s newly opened temperature-controlled warehouse is located on Tremont Road, adjacent to the Port of Savannah. Serving both imported and exported products like poultry, the facility features a 19,000-square-foot blast freezer, a boxing room, and customs brokerage capabilities to provide streamlined processing in and out of the port. Once fully operational, the facility will employ up to 100 Georgia residents, Linage said.

“Savannah is the fastest-growing port and largest single container terminal in North America,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, Lineage’s president and CEO. “Lineage’s new facilities in this high-demand location will provide additional capacity and value-added services in a critical market for our customers.

“We are constantly looking for ways to maximize and further streamline Lineage’s total supply chain, and our meaningful growth in Savannah will offer customers increased access to faster, more reliable distribution opportunities to markets across the Southeast.”

Lineage said its planned facility near the port will handle fresh and perishable imports. The company will invest $62 million in the new building, which, upon completion, will create 65 new jobs in Chatham County’s Port Wentworth, in addition to nearly 100 jobs required for the project’s construction. Operating as a cross-dock, in which product enters one side of the building and exits the other side via truck on the same day, the facility will also provide fumigation, packaging, and other value-added services for customers to move fresh product efficiently to markets across the Southeast.

Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2022, Lineage said.

“We are thrilled to see Lineage’s significant investment in further strengthening our port infrastructure,” said Cliff Pyron, chief commercial officer of the Georgia Port Authority. “Additional capacity to support our growth will be a benefit to port community as a whole.”

Combined, the newly announced facilities will expand Lineage’s presence in the market by more than 500,000 square feet of capacity. In total, its network will span four facilities in Savannah, with 12 facilities across the state.

“Congratulations to Lineage Logistics, an international leader in the food supply chain industry, on their two expansions in Savannah,” said Trip Tollison, Savannah Economic Development Authority president and CEO. “Their use of innovative technology, Savannah’s exceptional workforce, and their partnership with the Georgia Ports Authority has led to their past success and laid the groundwork for their future growth in Savannah.”

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