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Halifax Logistics Park Boosts Cold Storage Capacity

Mon July 23, 2012

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA - July 24, 2012 – The Atlantic Gateway - Halifax Logistics Park, located in Burnside Business Park, welcomes Nova Cold Storage, as its first full-service, refrigerated and frozen food logistics centre.  Nova Cold has broken ground on a $9.5 million state-of-the-art facility, located on Wilkinson Avenue.    

Nova Cold is expanding to accommodate its frozen fish and processed foods storage business, servicing processors, exporters, and freight forwarders.   When complete, the new 60,000 sq. ft., federally inspected, cold storage transloading facility will house 5,500 pallets, enough to fill 250 ocean containers.

“The ability to purchase land in such a central location is what enticed us to build this modern warehouse,” said Barry Smith, president of Nova Cold Storage.  “Our new facility will exclusively offer companies 100% cold chain security because the loading bay doors are constructed to open inwards so trailers and containers can be loaded and sealed inside 50 ft. refrigerated docks.” 

The Atlantic Gateway - Halifax Logistics Park is an ideal distribution site, offering logistics companies large acreage lots within the urban core of the municipality.  The Park is serviced by five major highways and is within a 10-15 minute commute of the international Port of Halifax, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, and CN rail’s intermodal yard.   

“The design of the Logistics Park allows trucks ample room to move for a quick turn-around,” said Richard Butts, Chief Administrative Officer of the Halifax Regional Municipality.  “As our newest business, Nova Cold will be playing a key role in shipping refrigerated goods as the Gateway expands its distribution network.”

Since 2006, 50 acres of the Atlantic Gateway - Halifax Logistics Park have been developed.  Today eight companies offer warehousing, customs clearance, transloading, freight forwarding and other value-added services including “just-in-time” delivery.  The Logistics Park is also well positioned to play a support role to the companies engaged in the $70 billion in mega projects taking place in Atlantic Canada including the $25 billion Halifax Shipyard contract. 

“Our region has the transportation infrastructure to compete globally and new private sector investment from companies such as Nova Cold Storage is an indication that our strategy to become Canada’s preferred eastern gateway is working,” said Joyce Carter, Chair of the Halifax Gateway Council and Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of Halifax International Airport Authority.

Phase 1 of the Atlantic Gateway - Halifax Logistics Park is currently underway, comprising 140 acres of serviced lots and Phase 2 will offer an additional 128 acres for future development opportunities.

For more information visit A fact sheet and photos of development at the Atlantic Gateway - Halifax Logistics Park are available upon request.

About Halifax Gateway

Strategically positioned on the east coast of Canada, Halifax Gateway 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 is managed by the Greater Halifax Partnership. 

About 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 130 businesses and all three levels of government invest in the Partnership to support economic growth in Halifax. 


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