June 27, 2011
Ingersoll – Ontario Refrigerated Services (ORS) receives its first refrigerated rail car at their new facility in Ingersoll.
On Monday, June 27, a load of frozen diced onions from Washington State was the first refrigerated rail car unloaded at the new facility. The load will be stored and then shipped to one of the Bonduelle Frozen Food packaging plants in Ontario where the onions will be packaged and sold in grocery stores under various customer labels.
The new rail line will help reduce the carbon foot print of refrigerated food commodities and general dry freight arriving into Ontario, as three truck loads can be shipped on each rail car.
In April 2010, ORS purchased an empty warehouse adjacent to their existing facility and started renovations to turn half of the warehouse into freezers or coolers and the other half into a dry storage warehouse. ORS also added a double rail line up to the side of the building to bring refrigerated or dry freight into the facility for storage or cross docking onto trucks for delivery in Ontario.
ORS is a family business that started in 2003 with two – 32,000 sq.ft. freezers and since has grown to an amazing 400,000 square feet which includes nine freezers, three coolers totaling nine million cubic feet of multi-temp storage space.
“I’m very pleased to see the first load of frozen North American vegetables arriving at our new facility. We hope that the rail service we provide centrally in Southwestern Ontario, whether it is refrigerated or regular dry freight will reduce the carbon foot print globally for future generations. We will continue to “Think Outside the Icebox” to provide and meet our customer’s requirements and processes.”
— Roger Kropf, President of ORS