March 31, 2008 - Port of Stockton, CA
"The Packer" Newspaper / Ports Special Report
U.S. ports upgrade cold storage
By Angie Hanson
Mechanic Refrigeration Company, Inc. provides the refrigeration for the Port of Stockton expansion!
The Port of Stockton is looking to handle fresh produce for the first time, as the cold-storage warehouse being constructed by Inland Cold Storage—in partnership with M&L Commodities—is expected to facilitate business in the produce industry. That’s according to Bill Lewicki, marketing director thr the Stockton, Calif.-based Port of Stockton. Which is responsible for property leasing at the port.
By October, the first two phases of the four-step project—or 220,000 square feet of warehouse space—should be open and operating.
Once all four phases are complete in 2010, the facility should total more than 400,000 square feet on 18 acres, Lewicki said. Fresh produce should encompass up to 40% of the port’s business, and the warehouse is expected to be fully automated.
That includes processing equipment and being equipped with a fumigation process that recycles, methyl bromide into carbon dioxide to mix with water and drain, rather than releasing the gas into the air, Lewicki said. The port’s San Joaquin Valley location makes it a logical shipping point for the hundreds of area growers, who presently use ports in Oakland, Calif., or more southern ports, such as Los Angeles, he said.