RLS Logistics, a leading third-generation provider of cold chain solutions, through its affiliate RLS Partners, announced their new warehouse partner, RLS Complete, is set to open Q1 of 2022 in Sturbridge, MA. Tippmann Innovation (Ti) will be leading the facility construction.
The facility will provide frozen and refrigerated food distributors, processors, and importers in the Springfield, MA, and Boston, MA region with public cold storage warehouse capacity relief and access to RLS' temperature controlled less than truckload shipping programs.
"It has been over 20 years since a public 3PL warehouse has opened in the New England region," said Bryan Hedge, President and Regional Partner, RLS Complete. "We offer a complete solution to customers from our state of the art building, technology platform, and transportation services, including our Walmart transportation logistics."
The 83,000 sq. ft. temperature controlled facility will boast 18,000 pallet positions with the support of their mobile racking system. The mobile racking system allows the facility to hold 40-45% more pallet positions than the standard double deep racking. The facility will also use an environmentally friendly refrigeration system that consumes less electricity than traditional ammonia-based systems, reinforcing the company's sustainability initiatives.
"Seeing the vision of this project come to life is inspiring and exciting to be part of," said Rob Adams, Principal of Ti. "We are proud to partner with RLS and support their team as the company grows!"
"A new build is always a proud moment for the cold storage industry. With the current capacity constraints we are experiencing, it makes the addition of RLS Complete even more exciting," said John Gaudet, Vice President, Business Development, RLS Logistics.
The cold storage warehouse will offer multiple temperature zones and value added services, including blast freezing, USDA reinspection, and EDI capabilities. Customers can expect world-class food safety processes as part of RLS' efforts to gain BRCGS certification at RLS Complete. "Our facilities uphold the stringent guidelines of BRCGS. This benefits customers by lessening their risk and protecting their brand," said Gaudet.