Hanson Gears Up For Capacity Demand With Expanded Facility And Transportation Services

By building new office areas and 2,517,000 cubic feet of warehousing space.

St. Joseph, MI: With refrigerated transportation indexes pointing to pending capacity restraints and Chicago area warehousing needing additional deep frozen, high-turn space, Hanson Logistics announced it has taken several key steps in its single-source marketing program.

First and foremost, the company has completed its expansion of the temperature-controlled Chicago Consolidation Center, located in Hobart, Indiana. Consisting of new office areas and 2,517,000 cubic feet of warehousing space, the expansion includes 8,000 new pallet positions, staging and dock space for frozen and refrigerated foods. The flagship Chicago Consolidation Center is a three-phase, 14.5 million cubic foot facility now in its third full year of operation. The state-of-the-art complex is designed specifically for high-volume throughput, including flexible racking for quick-pick consolidation and cross docking of temperature-controlled food products.

Secondly, Hanson has expanded its transportation management services. Don Romniak has joined the Hanson team as the Director of Distribution Services. Don, who is stationed at the Hanson Chicago Consolidation Center, brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to the department, and will play a large role in the future success of Hanson transportation. The company is also implementing an electronic payment process for its carrier community.

“We really do work tirelessly to be a carrier friendly organization,” said Andrew Janson, president, Hanson Logistics. ”We make every attempt to tender the best loads to the best carriers, to reduce dwell time at our docks, and to treat drivers with respect, including fast payment.”

The Chicago Consolidation Center and Velocities bring ‘final mile’ and national distribution efficiency to food manufacturers of all sizes, including mid-tier volumes that are traditionally unable to gain the economies of truckload delivery. The facility will be built out in three phases with a total of 45,000 pallet positions in deep frozen -20 F to 0 F frozen and 28 – 42 F cooler areas.