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FreezPak to build $72M Jacksonville facility

June 6, 2024
New Florida cold storage location to feature 275,000 sq. ft. of temperature-controlled space, 53,000 pallet positions, 132 trailer parking stalls, and 34 loading docks

BGFP International, a partnership between BG Capital, Saoud Development, and FreezPak Logistics, recently secured $72 million from Valley National Bank, the Israel Discount Bank of New York (IDB), and Nuveen Green Capital to develop a 275,000-sq.-ft. cold storage facility in Jacksonville, Florida.

Construction is underway and expected to be completed in November 2024, the companies reported.

“Building constructive relationships with a mix of traditional and alternative-based lenders has been a focal point of BGFP International’s ability to arrange and close more complex capital stacks in turbulent debt environments,” Tyler Huffman, BG Capital vice president, said in a news release. “We are extremely grateful to our partners at Valley National Bank and Nuveen Green Capital for their swift execution on this transaction.”

The facility, to be leased exclusively by FreezPak Logistics, spans over 20 acres, and will offer 53,000 new pallet positions with 212,000 sq. ft. of freezer space and a 41,000-sq.-ft. cooler dock, giving users access to blast freezing, cross-docking, transportation, repacking, overseas container plug-ins, and USDA inspections.

The facility will also include 34 loading docks, 132 trailer parking stalls, 90 container plug-ins, and 67-ft. clear-height ceilings.

“I'm thrilled about our expansion into the Port of Jacksonville market,” said David Saoud, co-founder and CEO of FreezPak Logistics and Saoud Development. “This new facility represents a significant milestone in our growth strategy to be in every major port in the U.S., allowing us to better serve our customers with enhanced logistics capabilities and streamlined operations. The Port of Jacksonville is a strategic location that aligns with our commitment to providing top-notch service and efficiency in the cold storage industry.”

The Jacksonville facility will be BGFP International’s third built-to-suit location within its national expansion program, with a 172,000-sq.-ft. cold storage facility in Philadelphia and a 543,000-sq.-ft. cold storage facility in Houston, to be built in two separate construction phases.

“This project execution is a testament to the development team we have built here at BGFP International, combining the wealth of operational experience FreezPak brings with over 20-plus years of business in the cold storage third-party logistics space, with the seasoned development expertise of a nationally recognized commercial real estate developer in BG Capital,” said Joseph Byrne, BGFP International managing partner.

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