A cold storage warehousing and logistics company is establishing operations near the Port of Charleston with a $50 million investment.
FlexCold’s new North Charleston facility on Patriot Boulevard marks the company’s first cold storage location in South Carolina and second facility in the United States, and is expected to create 59 new jobs, according to a news release from the South Carolina governor’s office.
“We are thrilled to be expanding our footprint by establishing operations within a modern cold storage facility strategically located close to the Port of Charleston,” FlexCold co-Founder Jeff Manno said in the release. “We’re proud to further add to the economic development of the area in a meaningful and tangible way by helping meet the need to accommodate critical import and export business, specifically seafood.”
The new operations will include a highly modern, cold food storage facility to accommodate a diverse customer base with a focus on receiving a substantial amount of imported goods, according to the release. Operationally, FlexCold will provide import and export services, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration inspections, labeling and repacking, and cross-docking services.
Headquartered in Charleston, FlexCold specializes in cold storage warehousing and logistics by providing customers with personalized cold storage expertise and targeting strategic locations that are advantageous to today’s evolving food supply chain, the release stated. The company focuses on storing, handling, and distributing poultry, seafood, meat, packaged goods and frozen produce.
Operations are expected to be online by late summer 2024.
“SC Ports has significantly upgraded its refrigerated capabilities to efficiently handle more frozen and fresh products for the growing Southeast consumer base,” S.C. Ports President and CEO Barbara Melvin said in the release. “FlexCold’s investment will complement these efforts and further enhance the cold chain in South Carolina. This innovative facility will expand the ability to move more frozen products, such as seafood, through the Port of Charleston.”