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107-year-old Winchester cold storage firm plans $27 million expansion

Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced Feb. 20 that WCS Logistics, a Winchester cold storage company since 1917, will invest $27 million to expand in Frederick County. The company will build a new 83,000-square-foot cold storage facility with the capacity for over 13,000 pallets to meet increasing demand. The project will create more than 15 new jobs, a news release said.

Winchester Cold Storage offers a wide range of storage options, including freezer, cooler, controlled atmosphere, tempering, climate control, dry storage, office space, lease, and build to suit.

“A true Virginia success story, WCS Logistics has facilitated smooth and efficient movement of perishable goods on the East Coast for more than a century to keep the supply chain moving,” said Gov. Youngkin. “We are proud that the company is choosing to reinvest in the Commonwealth and strengthen Virginia’s logistics industry, which is a high-growth sector and a core focus of our economic development strategy.”

“WCS Logistics is proud to announce this investment in our newest facility,” said Peter Yates, Chief Operating Officer of WCS Logistics. “This is our second expansion in the cold storage market in the last five years, and we are excited to be able to better serve our existing customers and to offer our services to others we have not had the capacity to assist with their third-party logistics needs.”

Winchester Cold Storage Company was organized in 1917 to provide cold storage for the growing apple industry in the Winchester area. WCS Logistics combines the advantages of a strategic mid-Atlantic location and East Coast distribution with particularly competitive rates for storage and handling to offer one of the best values in the market. The company opened its most recent cold storage facility in Frederick County in 2019.

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