Halifax logistics park boosting cold storage capacity

by Canadian Shipper

HALIFAX, N.S. — The Atlantic Gateway-Halifax Logistics Park, located in Burnside Business Park, is welcoming Nova Cold Storage, as its first full-service, refrigerated and frozen food logistics centre. Nova Cold has broken ground on a $9.5 million state-of-the-art facility, located on Wilkinson Avenue.   

Nova Cold is expanding to accommodate its frozen fish and processed foods storage business, servicing processors, exporters, and freight forwarders. When complete, the new 60,000 sq. ft., federally inspected, cold storage transloading facility will house 5,500 pallets, enough to fill 250 ocean containers.

“The ability to purchase land in such a central location is what enticed us to build this modern warehouse,” said Barry Smith, president of Nova Cold Storage. “Our new facility will exclusively offer companies 100% cold chain security because the loading bay doors are constructed to open inwards so trailers and containers can be loaded and sealed inside 50 ft. refrigerated docks.”

Company officials say the Atlantic Gateway-Halifax Logistics Park is an ideal distribution site, offering logistics companies large acreage lots within the urban core of the municipality. The park is serviced by five major highways and is within a 10-15 minute drive of the international Port of Halifax, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, and CN rail’s intermodal yard.  

“The design of the Logistics Park allows trucks ample room to move for a quick turn-around,” said Richard Butts, chief administrative officer of the Halifax Regional Municipality. “As our newest business, Nova Cold will be playing a key role in shipping refrigerated goods as the Gateway expands its distribution network.”

Since 2006, 50 acres of the Atlantic Gateway-Halifax Logistics Park have been developed. Today eight companies offer warehousing, customs clearance, transloading, freight forwarding and other value-added services, including Just-in-Time delivery.

“Our region has the transportation infrastructure to compete globally and new private sector investment from companies such as Nova Cold Storage is an indication that our strategy to become Canada’s preferred eastern gateway is working,” said Joyce Carter, chair of the Halifax Gateway Council and chief financial officer and chief strategy officer of Halifax International Airport Authority.

Phase 1 of the Atlantic Gateway-Halifax Logistics Park is currently underway, comprising 140 acres of serviced lots and Phase 2 will offer an additional 128 acres for future development opportunities.

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