Hanson Logistics Opens Chicago Consolidation Center
Frozen Food Distribution Hub Now the Midwest’s Largest
Reaching a milestone in terms of capacity and throughput, Hanson Logistics has opened the doors to an additional 12,000 pallet positions of deep frozen storage, following the completion of Phase IV of the Hanson Logistics Chicago Consolidation Center.
This 85,000-square-foot expansion brings the facility’s overall capacity to 16,500,000 cu. ft., with 48,000 (90-inch high) pallet positions and 50 dock doors. Unlike most refrigerated warehouses used for long-term food storage, the Chicago Consolidation Center is designed from the ground up for efficient and accurate throughput. The technology-based ordering, picking and loading workflow is specific to building consolidated shipments for shared truckload distribution in the company’s Velocities™ Multi-Vendor Consolidation program.
The Velocities MVC program has grown to become one of the leading frozen food consolidation programs in the country, with more than 110 trucks averaging 1,000 miles per week. The Hanson refrigerated truck fleet and Transportation Management Services are also domiciled in what is technically Hobart, Indiana.
Being in close proximity to the Chicago market, one of the nation’s largest consumers, the Chicago Consolidation Center is, by design, a much larger hub in the cold supply chain. The strategic location and breadth of services makes the campus ideal for both national distribution of foods grown and processed in the central states, and an eastern U.S. distribution center for frozen foods originating in the western half of the country.
“Our location enables us to simplify our clients’ distribution strategies, regardless of their growing or processing location,” said Andrew Janson, President, Hanson Logistics. “We’re meeting the demand with best-of-class temperature-controlled solutions. We appreciate the support of our existing customers and now open the doors for new customers to join our Velocities program and capitalize on the value this program provides.”
The Chicago Consolidation Center is located adjacent to the I-80, I-94 and I-65 interchange in northwest Indiana. The expansion adds 14 more swing-in doors that help keep loading time and energy loss to a minimum, while assuring cold chain integrity in both inbound and outbound handling.
Source: Hanson Logistics