By Bill Stevenson, June 9, 2014, iFiber One News
Lynden Ice is opening their first plant in Eastern Washington at the Port of Quincy.
The new facility will be creating ice, crushing it and bagging it in a building leased from Columbia Colstor, according to port officials.
When the ice making plant is running at full capacity, Lynden Ice will be able to produce 210 tons per day and allow them to “dependably and cost effectively supply fresh pure ice to grocery and convenience stores in the greater Eastern Washington area,” according to officials.
The new operation is expected to create nine to 12 full-time jobs.
Lynden Ice produces 110 tons of food grade packaged ice at its Western Washington facility in Lynden, Wash., each day.
The company started with 12 customers in 1985 and grew to deliver ice to roughly 500 customers in Western Washington and nearly 300 customers in Eastern Washington and Oregon.
“As a result, in the next 12 months, Lynden Ice (with its new operation in Quincy) plans to increase its customer base to 350 customers in Eastern Washington and as the operation in Quincy grows, Lynden Ice estimates it will be servicing 600 Eastern Washington customers within the next five years,” company officials stated.
The company chose the Port of Quincy using information from a study of 29 western US and Canadian locations with connections to intermodal train connections.
“Quincy … ranked as the lowest cost location for operating a temperature controlled or refrigerated distribution center or a warehouse,” officials stated.
The date of when the company will begin making ice in Quincy was not revealed.