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Halifax Gateway Congratulates Nova Cold's Barry Smith on Appointment to the IARW Board

Halifax, NOVA SCOTIA; June 17, 2013 –The Halifax Gateway is pleased to congratulate Mr. Barry Smith, president of Nova Cold Storage, on his appointment to the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) Board.  IARW board members are global experts in the temperature-controlled warehouse and logistics industry.  Headquartered in Virginia, the IARW is a partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance and represents 1,300 companies worldwide.

“Barry’s appointment to this international board sends a clear message that he is a leader in cold chain distribution,” said Nancy Phillips, Executive Director of the Halifax Gateway Council. 

With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Smith is an industry veteran known for maximizing productivity within the cold storage supply chain.  His company employs a warehousing system that uses energy efficient, eco-chill technology and unique loading bay doors that seal containers inside 50 ft. refrigerated docks to guarantee 100 percent cold chain security. 

To accommodate increasing volumes of frozen fish and processed foods, Nova Cold is constructing a $10 million, 58,000 sq.ft. cold storage warehouse.  Located in the Halifax Logistics Park, the new warehouse will hold 5,500 pallets, enough to fill 250 ocean containers.  This warehouse, combined with their two other locations in Halifax, gives Nova Cold 135,000 sq. ft. of cold storage and logistics facilities. 

“Canada has a tremendous reputation internationally for both food quality and safety,” said Barry Smith.  “I know first-hand the Halifax Gateway is a center of excellence in the cold chain sector and it is this frame of reference that I will bring to the IARW board discussions in Washington this July.”

In addition to state-of-the-art cold storage facilities, the Halifax Gateway’s cold chain infrastructure includes a combined 1000 reefer plugs at two marine terminals, a 10,500 ft. runway to accommodate large cargo planes at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, and an efficient rail service between central Canada and U.S Midwest on CN’s refrigerated rail cars.  Temperature controlled cargo in Atlantic Canada includes seafood, agricultural products such as blueberries, French fries, alcohol and beverages. 

About the Halifax Gateway

Strategically positioned on the east coast of Canada, the Halifax Gateway is an integral component of Canada’s Atlantic Gateway and is comprised of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the international Port of Halifax, two super post-Panamax container terminals, CN Rail, a strong logistics and warehousing sector and excellent highway infrastructure.  The Halifax Gateway Council provides a forum for transportation stakeholders in the Halifax region to work together to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the Gateway. The council is managed on a day-to-day basis by the Greater Halifax Partnership.

About the Greater Halifax Partnership

The Greater Halifax Partnership is the lead economic development organization for Halifax. The Partnership works to keep and grow business, attract new investment, strengthen the community and help people succeed. More than 120 businesses and all three levels of government invest in the Partnership to support economic growth in Halifax.


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