WASHINGTON – Breda, Netherlands-based NewCold announced an investment of $90 million to build a sub-zero cold storage facility in Burley, Idaho.
The facility will span 25 million cubic feet and will rise 140-ft. high. The Burley facility will be NewCold’s second in the United States. The company recently opened its first facility in Tacoma, Washington.
“Idaho is looking to benefit from this technologically advanced collaborative effort,” Jonas Swarttouw, NewCold business development manager for US operations, said in a statement. “They have partnered with us throughout the process and have proven to be a valuable partner in establishing our second US location. We are excited to offer a competitive edge to existing and new Idaho food processors, and provide jobs in robotic software, systems operations and automation in Burley.”
Idaho is viewed as an ideal location for companies like NewCold to establish market share. Agribusiness, plastics, science, research and advanced manufacturing are some of the state’s fastest-growing business sectors. Idaho’s natural resources — 12 million acres of farmland and nearly 25,000 farms and ranches — also make the state an ideal location for agriculture, food manufacturers and businesses like NewCold in an interwoven supply chain.
“Providing state-of-the-art, conveniently located cold storage is a critical part of keeping Idaho producers’ operating costs down and our value-added Idaho products competitive in the dynamic global market,” Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said in a statement. “This huge new addition to our food distribution chain will help keep Idaho on the leading edge of innovation when it comes to farm-to-market efficiency and delivering high-quality, Idaho-grown foods to the world.”