A strong demand for cold storage facilities is driving plans of a California-based company to more than double the size of its Tacoma Tideflats cold storage warehouse.
Lineage Logistics plans to build a 150,000-square-foot addition to its Tideflats warehouse at 2302 Milwaukee Way. The existing warehouse occupies about 132,000 square feet. The new building will expand the present warehouse to the west in an area now used for shipping container storage, the company said.
The cold storage part of that addition will enclose some 120,000 square feet of space. The remainder of the new structure will include offices and other spaces.
Ron Margulis, a spokesman for Lineage, said the new building will be about 10 feet taller than the existing structure. He didn’t reveal the price of addition.
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Lineage purchased the present building from Seattle Cold Storage in 2013. The Port of Tacoma Commission last week approved the assignment of long-term land leases for the property on which the building sits to Lineage. Northwest Building LLC had held the lease.
Margulis said site preparation work on the addition should begin later this year with construction starting early in 2015. The building addition should be operational by the end of next year.
The Port of Tacoma said the new warehouse should create 10 to 14 new jobs. Port officials in a briefing to port commissioners said Lineage has already spent about $2 million for upgrades to the warehouse including a new roof, freezer upgrades and lighting enhancements.
The warehouse is used primarily to store three kinds of frozen goods: fish, food service items such as pizza, and frozen composite tape used in the aerospace industry. Boeing uses such tape to fabricate the fuselage, wings and tail of its 787 Dreamliner. That tape begins to cure into a solid unless it is kept frozen. After the tape is formed into aircraft parts, it is baked in a large autoclave to fuse it together to form a single piece.
The Tacoma Tideflats warehouse is one of five warehouses Lineage operates in Washington. Two are in Seattle, another in Algona and yet another in Centralia.
Lineage, which is privately held, describes itself as the world’s second largest frozen goods storage and distribution company.