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Our facility will have 6,798,055 cf of freezer storage and
1,556,800 cf of cooler storage with 6 rail doors, 12 truck doors and 8
transload doors. Construction on this facility will begin in early 2006,
completion in June 2006. If you wish more information on this facility
please contact Russ Lytle, phone 509-787-2202: email at
breaks ground on new warehousing facility at Port of Quincy
Monday, Mar 06, 2006
By Matthew Weaver
Columbia Basin Herald staff writer
-- A long-lasting area cold storage
operation is returning to its roots with a major new expansion.
officially broke for Columbia Colstor's new warehouse facility, which will be
named Columbia Colstor International Logistics the week of Feb. 20, on
Industrial Parkway near the Port of Quincy's intermodal industrial park.
Columbia Colstor president Don McGraw said the ground is
being prepared for construction, stripping off topsoil and digging footings.
"We hope to have this up and going
for business by the first week of September," he said of the new facility, which
will be a total of 218,000 square feet, including a freezer that will be 151,000
square feet, a refrigerated rail dock at 33,000 square feet and a
25,000-square-foot unrefrigerated dock. "It probably won't be completely
finished, but we'll be able to receive product by that first week."
noted Quincy was the site of Columbia Colstor's first location in 1983. It now
also has facilities in Othello, Warden, Wenatchee, Kennewick and Woodland, and
headquarters in Moses Lake.
"They've always been great supporters of our company," he
Quincy. "It's exciting that
we can come back and build another building there."
The new facility will give Columbia Colstor long-needed
additional space in the Basin and will be a local point to focus on export
"We're also going to try to attract other business from
other areas coming through this area for export and then in the future, import
business coming back into the country," McGraw said, adding the facility will
also eventually serve as an intermodal site for the loading of containers onto
rail cars to ship through the ports of
Seattle and Tacoma.
"In order to grow our international
business, that's the import-export side of it, we need more space," explained
Columbia Colstor regional manager Russ Lytle, noting customers are committed to
utilize the Port of Quincy's intermodal yard, which he said is scheduled to
start sometime in April.
of Quincy commissioner Patric Connelly said that first date is tentative.
"There are some issues we still have to get lined up, but
it looks pretty good right at the moment," he said.
The refrigerated rail dock, which is twice the regular size
in the new facility, will give the company the option to transload such products
as apples, pears and fresh potatoes, Lytle said.
"We'll be able to bring poultry back in these rail cars
we're sending east with product in them and transload that into containers and
then continuation on the intermodal train over to the
Seattle or Tacoma," he said. Eventually, the company hopes to expand into other
The refrigerated containers that come in from
China, for example, don't come empty, Lytle said, but loaded with a variety of
products. The containers are expensive, and liner companies don't send them
inland, instead breaking freight on the West Coast. The majority of the
containers are used in eastern Washington and eastern Oregon so having them
through to Quincy results in better equipment utilization for everybody, from
the liner companies to the railroad.
It opens up a lot of doors for a business Columbia Colstor
is already in, but which is fast outgrowing the company. Growth in the
United States french fry business is fairly flat today, Lytle said as an
example, but is growing 8 to 10 percent per year overseas.
McGraw said he has been to
and other countries and feels there will be opportunities in the future for
additional business going in that direction.
Washington state can
participate in that additional business," he said.
McGraw said that while the company has tried to make the
facility as energy-efficient as possible, it doesn't make sense cost-wise to
justify making the building entirely under "green" standards like the company
did with its corporate office in
"I wish the public utility would have more programs to
promote energy efficiency, but at this time they don't," he said. "Our other
plants around the state, the local utilities do have programs where they help
pay for energy conservation, but so far, the Grant County PUD has not stepped up
and offered that. But we are working with them, and they are interested in
hearing about it."
Lytle said bringing containers in via rail isn't
necessarily going to be any cheaper than using truck, but it will be a lot more
"One train going over will take the place of, I don't know,
100 trucks," he said. "You get one truck, one driver, one chassis, one container
per day, and all the fuel, pollution and all these things. As our president
says, if we're going to become energy efficient by 2020 and get away from being
dependent upon the Arab countries for oil, we're going to need transportation
modes like this to work."
Lytle said the company hopes to double the size of its
Quincy workforce, presently
numbering about 105 people in the original Quincy facility, within the next
three to four years.
It's an undertaking he cautions comes with a lot of risk, a
risk the McGraw family is taking because of their belief in the region and its
ability to grow.
"It's hard to understand, but even though you know this is
going to work, there's still a lot of risk," he said. "A lot of it's not
guaranteed. A lot of it's built on the projected models everybody lays out, but
it is a big investment."
Connelly said the port is encouraged to see ground broken
for the warehouse, which will utilize the facilities the port has built and is
Columbia Colstor's initial conversations and encouragement
got the district interested in looking into the intermodal project in the first
place, Connelly said, adding he thinks the company makes a good anchor tenant
for the intermodal yard.
"We've had a good working
relationship with Columbia Colstor, and we hope to continue it," he said. "It's
nice that the first building really being built there is theirs; it's kind of
encouraging to us that they have got faith in the project too, like we have."