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    July 26, 2019

    Expansion Quadruples WCS Logistics' Freezer Space

    WCS Logistics, formerly Winchester Cold Storage, hosted a ribbon-cutting on Thursday for a new, 63,000-square-foot facility in Frederick County, more than 100 years after the company’s founding.
    The Winchester-based business, which has operated as WCS Logistics since 2014, is a third-party logistics firm that temporarily stores large quantities of foreign and domestic food products before they are shipped to distribution outlets. It has about 40 employees, who help store everything from dry goods to frozen TV dinners to cottage cheese. WCS Logistics has three facilities in Winchester as well as locations in Berryville, Front Royal, and Charles Town, W.Va. The sites have a combined storage space of 1.7 million square feet.
    The new building at 188 Brooke Road is the company’s seventh facility. It was built over a two-year period at a cost of about $9 million. Operations there officially started on Thursday with a Top of Virginia Regional Chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony.
    Company President John Scully IV said the building quadruples WCS Logistics’ freezer storage capacity.
    “It will be more of a different kind of commerce,” Scully said of the customers the new facility could attract, noting the company now has a greater capacity to store products in temperatures as cold as 20 degree below zero.
    “The technology is exciting as well,” Shane Brennan, CEO of the Cold Chain Federation in the United Kingdom, said about the building’s ammonia refrigeration system, sensor-controlled LED lighting and air-tight insulation, which meet high-efficiency standards. “These investments are making it easier and cheaper to store our food and keep it safe.”

    Read more in this Winchester Star article by Onofrio Castiglia

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