Lineage celebrates Houston Coldport opening

Nov. 21, 2023
Newly operational facility at Port Houston spans approximately 315,000 sq. ft. and boasts 36,000 pallet positions and 192 blast-freezing zones.

Lineage recently celebrated the opening of Houston Coldport, the cold storge company’s newest temperature-controlled facility located near the Jacintoport Terminal at Port Houston, a key hub for the Houston Ship Channel.

Spanning approximately 315,000 sq. ft., the facility is the sixth location in Lineage’s Greater Houston network and is designed to support many customer profiles and business needs, complementing the company’s additional locations across Texas, as well as its global network of more than 400 facilities, Lineage said.

Houston ColdPort offers integrated and streamlined transportation and drayage operations within the market to support import, export, and domestic demand.

“We are excited to strengthen our presence in Houston at such a pivotal time for the market,” Brian Beattie, Lineage president of North America West, said in a news release. “The city has recently seen a surge in port demand amid congestion and other issues at the big ports on the West Coast. By adding ColdPort to our Houston network, Lineage’s customers have another option to help manage their costs and increase productivity.

“Additionally, they’ll have better access to our world-class global network.”

Lineage currently employs more than 1,200 team members across its 19 Texas facilities, which have a combined capacity of more than 189 million cu. ft. and approximately 532,000 pallet positions.

Leaders from Lineage, Boomerang Interests, ARCO Design/Build and the Houston Port Authority gathered to celebrate the facility’s grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“Five years ago, we had a vision to become a leading developer of state-of-the-art cold storage assets,” said Andy Cyrus, co-founder and managing partner at Boomerang. “The grand opening of Houston ColdPort marks the achievement of that goal. We’re thrilled to deliver Houston ColdPort to the Houston community, and extremely proud to partner with Lineage, the leading operator of temperature-controlled facilities.”

Houston Coldport contains approximately 36,000 pallet positions, 192 QFR Zone pallet positions, and is temperature-controlled by Alta Refrigeration’s Expert Refrigeration System.

“This ribbon cutting is an exciting day for a whole team of contributors as we mark the completion of a vision that started in 2019 as a speculative cold storage facility and is now the home of Lineage in 2023,” said Eric M. Safko, CEO of ARCO Design/Build Houston. “Maintaining flexibility in the design and construction process was key to our success, allowing Lineage’s operations to work within it.”

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