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Cold Storage Facility to Be Built Near Port of Charleston

FlexCold’s facility in Jacksonville. Fla., located about 3 miles from Jacksonville Port Authority. (FlexCold)

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South Carolina has captured a $49.9 million deal for a cold storage warehousing and logistics company to set up operations near the Port of Charleston, Gov. Henry McMaster announced.

Charleston, S.C.-based FlexCold is expanding operations from its 150,000-square-foot cold storage site 3 miles from Jacksonville (Fla.) Port Authority to adding a facility in North Charleston.

“We are proud to announce another innovative cold storage chain locating in South Carolina,” McMaster said Jan. 10. “It’s companies such as FlexCold that will continue to enhance our supply chain by providing profound ideas and cutting-edge talent.”

FlexCold plans to provide import and export services, labeling and repacking, cross-docking services, and inspections for the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our footprint by establishing operations within a modern cold storage facility strategically located close to the Port of Charleston,” FlexCold co-founder Jeff Manno said. “We’re proud to further add to the economic development of the area in a meaningful and tangible way by helping meet the need to accommodate critical import and export business, specifically seafood.”

The company describes itself as a specialist in cold storage warehousing and logistics that is tailored to customer needs and targets strategic locations advantageous to the food supply chain.

The Port of Charleston has significantly upgraded its refrigerated capabilities to handle more frozen and fresh products for the growing Southeast consumer base, South Carolina Ports Authority CEO Barbara Melvin noted.

“FlexCold’s investment will complement these efforts and further enhance the cold chain in South Carolina,” she said. “This innovative facility will expand the ability to move more frozen products, such as seafood, through the Port of Charleston.”

Operations are expected to start during late summer in 2024. The company handles frozen produce, packaged goods, poultry, meat and seafood. The new facility will create 59 jobs.

“Cold storage is a fast-growing segment of the logistics and distribution business at the Port of Charleston, and Dorchester County is excited to welcome FlexCold,” said Todd Friddle, chairman of Dorchester County Council. “It’s encouraging to see such a dynamic company establish operations in our community.”

According to South Carolina Ports, some $73 million has been invested to bolster its cold storage capacity.

In December, the Port of Charleston completed a 12-year, $580 million project to deepen the harbor to 52 feet, making it the deepest harbor on the East Coast and able to attract more cargo.

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