MTC Logistics, along with officials from the Alabama State Port Authority, Alabama Department of Commerce and elected officials, recently broke ground on a 12-million-cubic-feet international temperature-controlled distribution center.
The company said it is investing approximately $61 million at the Port of Mobile, generating 50 to 70 direct jobs at the new facility.
“Our MTC Logistics Team is extremely excited about this growth opportunity for our company,” said Andy Janson, president of MTC Logistics. “It is truly a collaboration and partnership with the welcoming community of Mobile Alabama, MTC Logistics customers and our long-term partnerships helping to make this facility a reality. We will be on the cutting edge of innovation in areas of refrigeration, material handling (and) IT systems, while providing best-in-class customer service.
“Mobile is a natural next step for expanding our service offering into the Southeast.”
The new facility, which MTC expects to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020, will provide shippers with seamless supply chain solutions focused on global commerce. MTC provides shippers a comprehensive suite of services, including blast freezing, port drayage and LTL consolidation. MTC said it will expand the seaport’s blast freeze capability by accommodating 30 truckloads per day and providing 40,000 racked pallet positions of storage.
The Alabama State Port Authority, with assistance from Alabama economic development officials, recruited MTC to expand blast freezing and refrigerated storage capability for Alabama and regional refrigerated cargo shippers of poultry and seafood. The terminal also will handle a variety of refrigerated products for retail distribution.
“We’re extremely pleased to add this high-caliber company to our portfolio of port services,” said James K Lyons, director and chief executive officer for the Alabama State Port Authority. “MTC will more than quadruple available capacity for our export poultry producers, as well as attract new shippers.”
The facility is located outside the gates of the seaport’s container terminal with immediate access to I-10. MTC said the project received favorable endorsements by local and state officials.
“This strategic location on the US Gulf Coast will allow us to expand our service offering and we will have a significant focus on import cargo to help balance refrigerated container supply in Mobile,” said Ernie Ferguson, vice president of sales with MTC Logistics.