Blackline Cold Storage, LLC, a public cold storage warehouse developer and operator, today announced it has chosen Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R) to manage the warehouse operations for its new 298,000 sf, state-of-the-art cold storage facility at the Port Houston, TX.
Blackline Cold Storage has chosen to align with Ryder, a leader in supply chain, dedicated transportation, and ﬂeet management solutions, to manage the facility’s warehouse operations, scheduling, order fulﬁllment and distribution services at its Port Houston location. Ryder’s comprehensive and proven 3PL experience will provide Blackline Cold Storage with a full suite of ﬂexible and eﬃcient operational solutions that maximize customer satisfaction, value and eﬃciency.
“We are extremely excited to have Ryder on the team as we prepare to launch the Port Houston cold storage warehouse operations in 1Q-2022,” said Blackline Cold Storage CEO Mike Day. “Ryder’s deep experience as a top 3PL and cold storage operator provides the necessary assets, people, and technology to ensure a successful launch and state-of-the-art operations for the beneﬁt of our cold storage customers. The current supply chain disruptions and challenges across the U.S. only further highlight the importance of such strategic relationships.”
With more perishables moving through southern ports, strong growth in food sales, a growing trend of online grocery shopping, and an insuﬃcient and aging stock of food storage facilities, Blackline is developing a modern, safe, and eﬃcient cold storage network that incorporates ﬂexibility for multiple segregated temperature zones (including blast freezing capability); 50+ foot clear ceiling heights; and both truck and rail connectivity in order to serve a broad range of cold storage customer requirements.
The Port Houston site is strategically located within the heavy-haul corridor in close proximity to the Barbours Cut and Bayport container terminals and with convenient access to the regional interstate highway system and multiple Class 1 railroads. The site also has land available for phased expansions up to 650,000 sf at full buildout.
“Ryder is thrilled to be chosen by Blackline to manage its new, modern, ﬂexible, and strategically located cold storage facility in the Port Houston,” says Darin Cooprider, senior vice president of consumer packaged goods for Ryder. “We look forward to delivering industry leading services that will enhance the customer experience and business performance, as well as deepening our relationship with Blackline as it continues to grow and thrive in the cold-storage space.”