Pate Stevedore brings freezer cargo service back to Pensacola
Pate Stevedore Co. has opened a new dockside, 25,000-square-foot freezer facility at the Port of Pensacola in Florida.
The new facility also offers rail access and direct-to-ship loading from trucks and rail cars. The business is expected to benefit the regions poultry exporters, said Mike Pate, president of the Pate Stevedore.
About $600,000 worth of capital improvements have been made to Pensacola’s Warehouse 5. Pate plans to add two blast freezer cells and an additional 40,000 square feet for a total of 65,000 square feet within a year.
Pate Stevedore expects to handle 100,000 to 150,000 tons of frozen cargo a year in the startup, increasing that volume to 250,000 a year, or about $6 million in annual revenue when fully built out.