A specialist in cold storage solutions will establish operations in Dorchester County with a $70 million investment.
The project from Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics is expected to create 69 new jobs.
Located at Ridgeville Industrial Campus, Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics’ new operation will support high-volume throughput handling services including a variety of value-added services, full pallet handling, case picking and transportation management, according to a news release from the South Carolina governor’s office.
“We are very bullish on the Charleston market — the advantages of the Port of Charleston as a Southeast gateway out of and into the U.S. — and on our ability to provide the specialized and unique handling and storage services that will be required for retailers, frozen and refrigerated food manufacturers, and fruit and produce importers to grow their market share in the region,” Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics CEO Chris Hughes said in the release. “Most importantly, we are proud to bring new jobs to Dorchester County and the surrounding communities.”
The company will use the Port of Charleston to support both import and export trade.
Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics is a third-party cold chain services provider that focuses on handling, storage, distribution and value-added services for the food industry. The company works to bridge supply gaps within the cold chain industry through modern cold storage warehouse development and services.
The facility is expected to be operational by early 2024. Individuals interested in joining the Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics team can visit the company’s careers page.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to this project. The council also approved a $250,000 Set-Aside grant to assist with the costs of building improvements.
“South Carolina Ports is thrilled to support Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics’ impressive new cold storage facility at SC Ports’ Ridgeville Industrial Campus,” SC Ports President and Chief Executive Officer Barbara Melvin said in the release. “Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics’ investment will bring substantial new cold storage capacity to the Charleston market. SC Ports has expanded on-terminal refrigerated cargo capacity and capabilities to efficiently handle fresh, refrigerated and frozen imports and exports.
“The booming Southeast market and growing population requires more cold storage capacity, and Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics’ new operation will further support retailers’ and grocers’ supply chains.”