Preferred opens facility in Chicago


Mercedes Grandin, SeafoodSource contributing editor

Published on
September 23, 2009

Newark, N.J.-based Preferred Freezer Services on Thursday announced it opened a new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Chicago. The new location, Preferred Freezer Services of Chicago, is the first fully automated refrigerated warehouse in the country.

Approximately half of the new facility will be devoted to seafood storage. The total amount of seafood stored company-wide is approximately 450 million pounds.

The new warehouse features a freezer capacity of 8 million cubic feet, a cooler capacity of 2.3 million cubic feet, a blast freezer capacity of 1,200 positions at minus-40 degrees F and a 25,200-square-foot loading/unloading dock. In addition, the warehouse’s rail service can be used to load and unload both ship and rail containers. 

“All Preferred Freezer facilities are constructed using leading-edge technology, which incorporates the finest MIS systems available. But it’s more than the buildings; it’s the quality of the employees. Outstanding people, coupled with state-of-the-art facilities results in exceptional quality and performance in all facets of business,” said John J. Galiher, company president and CEO.

The opening of the second Chicago facility marks the 24th location for the company, which was founded in 1989. Preferred Freezer Services’ other facilities are located in New York/New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas, Georgia and will soon be located internationally in China and Vietnam.

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