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Hanson Logistics to Build in Blueberry Capital

Plans for New Deep Frozen Warehouse in South Haven, Michigan Get Green Light
In a time when many companies are scaling back brick-and-mortar investments, Hanson Logistics announces a new temperature-controlled facility that will soon be serving fruit and vegetable growers and processors in Southwest Michigan. … More

Hanson Logistics Board of Directors Welcomes Terry Brown and Mark Eriks


Merlin Hanson, Chairman of the Board for Hanson Logistics, leading provider of temperature-controlled logistics, has announced that Terry Brown and Mark Eriks have been appointed to the company’s board of directors. … More

Hanson Logistics Expands Chicago Consolidation Center Again

Phase 4 Expansion Adds 12,000 Pallet Positions to Velocities™ MVC Program
Replicating an expansion completed early in 2013, Hanson Logistics has broken ground on additional deep frozen storage capacity in the company’s Chicago Consolidation Center. This is the fourth expansion in seven years, reflecting the company’s ongoing investment in the Velocities Multi-Vendor Consolidation program. … More

Hanson Logistics President Andrew Janson Elected to IARW Board of Directors


New officers and board members of the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) were elected for the 2014-2015 calendar year at the IARW-WFLO Annual Convention & Expo. Among those named to the Board of Directors was Andrew Janson, President of Hanson Logistics. … More

St. Joseph, Mich., January 7, 2016

Hanson Logistics to Build in Blueberry Capital

frozen warehousing south haven mi

In a time when many companies are scaling back brick-and-mortar investments, Hanson Logistics announces a new temperature-controlled facility that will soon be serving fruit and vegetable growers and processors in Southwest Michigan. The new South Haven Logistics Center will become the company’s 9th deep frozen warehouse, the 6th in Michigan, giving Hanson Logistics the largest network of agricultural-centric freezing, storage and distribution facilities in the state.

Located on 25 acres in the I-196 Industrial Park, the complex will be adjacent to the new MGB processing facility, enabling Hanson Logistics to quick-freeze fresh blueberries and cherries, while supporting surrounding farms and food manufacturers with storage and distribution.

“When your objective is to provide best-of-class logistics to the Michigan agricultural community, you can’t get a better location, between the fields and interstate,” said Andrew Janson, President of Hanson Logistics. “We’re very excited about our continued support of the important agricultural community of West Michigan, as well as our future in South Haven. City officials have been extremely receptive and helpful in getting us to this point, and we look forward to moving ahead with the project as soon as possible.”

Phase One of the project consists of 150,000 sq. ft., with capacity for 30,000,000 lbs. of product, highly efficient refrigeration technology and optimized egress for Hanson transportation activities. An additional 15 acres is available for a total of three planned phases. A May 2017 completion is expected for Phase One.

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St. Joseph, Mich., August, 2015

Hanson Logistics Board of Directors Welcomes Terry Brown and Mark Eriks

Merlin Hanson, Chairman of the Board for Hanson Logistics, leading provider of temperature-controlled logistics, has announced that Terry Brown and Mark Eriks have been appointed to the company’s board of directors.

Terry BrownMr. Brown brings extensive experience in refrigerated and global logistics as previous Regional Vice President of Americold Logistics and Chief Executive Officer and President of Diversified Port Holdings. He has served as Vice Chairman & Treasurer for the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses and as a board member for World Food Logistics Organization.

Mr. Brown is currently Sales Specialty Products & Shareholder and board member at VSSI, Inc., a leading manufacturer of quality veterinarian equipment. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) from Arkansas Tech University, a Masters in Professional Accounting (MPA) from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He and his wife, Ronda, have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Mark EriksMr. Eriks is President of Strategic Alliances for Gordon Food Service, a privately held food service distributor, where he is responsible for managing 12 separate business units in the U.S. and Canada, generating $650 million in sales. At Gordon Food Service, he was also previously Senior Manager in Human Resources and Chief Legal Officer.

Mr. Eriks has 30 years of human resources, legal and general management experience. He has held the title of Executive Vice President – Support Services for Spartan Stores, Inc. and was an equity partner in a prominent law firm. Mr. Eriks has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Hope College, a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Indiana University, and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Leigh Ann—a lab instructor at Hope College—have three adult children: Lauren, Martin and Matthew. “Terry Brown and Mark Eriks bring valuable insight and guidance to our growing organization,” said Gregory Hanson, Vice Chairman, Hanson Logistics. “Their respective expertise, together with that of our existing board members, is an uncommon bench strength in an industry of increasing sophistication. We are both excited for and confident about our future.”

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St. Joseph, Mich., November 12, 2014

Hanson Logistics Expands Chicago Consolidation Center Again

Chicago Warehouse Expansion

Replicating an expansion completed early in 2013, Hanson Logistics has broken ground on additional deep frozen storage capacity in the company’s Chicago Consolidation Center. This is the fourth expansion in seven years, reflecting the company’s ongoing investment in the Velocities Multi-Vendor Consolidation program. Velocities MVC is a solution to the on-demand complexity of filling multiple SKU frozen food orders shipping to virtually all major retail, wholesale, and foodservice DCs throughout the U.S. Construction of the Hobart, Indiana facility is managed by Tippmann Construction.

“Thanks to the efforts of all Hanson associates, we are meeting new customer demand a bit sooner than projected. Our build-out will be completed ahead of schedule, and we have maximized the space available in our Chicago area campus,” said Andrew Janson, President, Hanson Logistics. “Velocities MVC program, which offers single-source warehousing and national refrigerated transportation, has become a model of efficiency and consistency in frozen food distribution. The success of the program, together with the proactive Indiana business environment, has helped us fulfill our vision for world-class cold storage in this strategic location.”

The additional 85,000 sq. ft. will feature LED lighting, 12,000 new 90” pallet positions and 14 swing-in doors, bringing the facility’s overall specifications to 16,500,000 cu. ft, 48,000 pallet positions, and 50 doors. While the Chicago Consolidation Center offers deep-frozen storage, most customers rely on the center for outbound distribution. Hanson Transportation Management Services and refrigerated truck fleet operates from the facility and provides inbound, shuttle service and nationwide truckload and less-than-truckload service. Velocities™ Multi-Vendor Consolidation program is also accepted as Walmart Vendor Pool 391.

Located adjacent to the I-80, I-94 and I-65 interchange in northwest Indiana, the Chicago Consolidation Center offers the optimum combination of location, business climate, and robust infrastructure. Velocities has become the ‘go-to’ consolidation program in the greater Midwest for mid-tier food manufacturers that by their order mix are unable to achieve the economies of truckload delivery.

To see the latest on the expansion, view the job site webcam.

To see the latest on the expansion, view the job site webcam.

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July 15, 2014

Hanson Logistics President Andrew Janson Elected to IARW Board of Directors

New officers and board members of the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) were elected for the 2014-2015 calendar year at the IARW-WFLO Annual Convention & Expo. Among those named to the Board of Directors was Andrew Janson, President of Hanson Logistics.

With nearly 30 years of experience in food logistics, Andrew is past Chairman of the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA) and continues to serve on the Board. He is Chairman of the Michigan Frozen Food Packers Association (MFFPA), and a past member of the Board of Governors of the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO).

IARW is a partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), an association that promotes excellence in the global temperature-controlled warehouse and logistics industry through research, benchmarking, networking, and education. All active members of IARW are also members and beneficiaries of the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO).

Other new IARW officers elected for the coming year were Chairman Tom Poe (Crystal Distribution Services), Vice Chairman Angelo Antoci (U.S. Growers Cold Storage), Treasurer Eben James (Trenton Cold Storage), and director-at-large Doug Harrison (VersaCold Logistics Services).

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