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Primus Builders Inc. named recipient of 2017 IACSC Built by the Best Award

Primus Builders, Inc. was named the winner of the 2017 International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IACSC) Built by the Best Award for their project with Lineage Logistics.

IACSC Chairman Brian King presents the 2017 IACSC Built by the Best Award to the Primus Builders, Inc. team. (Pictured left to right: Brian King [A M King], Eric Boyer [Primus Builders, Inc.], Jay Navarro [Primus Builders, Inc.], Mike Jones [Primus Builders, Inc.], Jim Romine [Lineage Logistics], Mark O’Connell [Primus Builders, Inc.], and Corey Rosenbusch [IACSC-GCCA]

The award was given on November 3, 2017 during a general session at the 37th IACSC Conference & Expo following a presentation on the project by Primus and Lineage representatives.

Lineage Logistics contracted with Primus Builders, Inc. on an 180,000 square foot greenfield cold storage distribution center in North Charleston, SC. The LEED Silver-certified facility serves as a regional import/export hub for protein products destined for domestic and international markets. It features the newest high-capacity blast freezing technology and offers road and rail access (via a Norfolk Southern rail line) as well as immediate ship access to the Port of Charleston. The project faced significant challenges including two hurricanes that dropped more than two feet of rain on the site.

Award Finalist, Tippmann Innovation, also presented at the conference, for their project with Merchandise Warehouse. Tippmann helped Merchandise meet their customers needs and expand the scope of their initial project plan with 25% more pallet positions.

Information about the 2018 award will be available soon.

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Food Rescue Focus of GCCA-WFLO Collaboration with World Wildlife Fund

The World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), the education and research arm of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), has collaborated with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and University of California, Davis on a project exploring the utilization of food on farms and the causes for edible and inedible food being removed from the value chain in the United States.

The project, entitled Maximizing Farm Resources and Edible Food Rescue, will look at four agricultural commodity products across the United States to study postharvest loss and how best to maximize farming resources to minimize that loss. The primary goals of the project are to understand how food is grown and utilized in both fresh and processing markets and to identify what life cycle changes could yield higher profitability to the farmer. The project also aims to explore what utilization or diversion options have the most substantial human and environmental benefits. Continue reading

Is Pennsylvania’s Proposed Warehouse Tax the Start of a Trend?

An article recently published in Material Handling and Logistics looked at the Pennsylvania proposed warehouse tax as a potential industry trend. According to the article, “To help close a $3 billion budget deficit, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) has asked the state legislature to extend the state’s 6% sales and use tax to commercial storage services, drawing strong criticism from business groups, especially warehouse owners. Operators of third-party logistics warehouses and other business interests have mounted a campaign to derail the tax.”

GCCA President and CEO Corey Rosenbusch was quoted in the article, in reference to a letter he sent to the leaders in Pennsylvania legislature expressing concerns and opposition to the proposal by GCCA Core Partner, the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) and its membership.  Continue reading

Louis Borders Announced as 36th IACSC Conference & Expo Keynote

Louis Borders, Founder & CEO of Home Delivery Service, will conduct a keynote presentation unveiling a new food home delivery service on Saturday, November 12 at the 36th IACSC Conference & Expo, hosted by the International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IACSC), a Core Partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA).

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GCCA Participates in Roundtable with East African Heads of State

The roundtable was hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce and builds on the Doing Business in Africa initiative put forth by President Obama.

In September 2016, Corey Rosenbusch, President and CEO of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), was invited to join several East African Heads of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce in a roundtable discussion on the U.S.-Africa trade relationship. This discussion targeted solutions to strengthen the African cold chain by expanding the use of data and technology to promote food security, lower the risk associated with private sector agribusiness investments, and expand access to agricultural markets. Continue reading

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