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News June 6, 2024

Agile Cold Storage Breaks Ground on $46M Investment in Pearl River

Men in hard hats pose with shovels in front of Agile Cold Storage sign.

On June 4th, Cleco attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Agile Cold Storage distribution facility in Pearl River.

Construction has already started on the 150k sf facility, representing a $46M investment and more than 100 new jobs, with a payroll of more than $5M.

Additionally, the CEO indicated that they may be adding an additional 40,000 ft.², for an ice-making facility, which would further add to the estimated 4 MW of current load expected to be contracted.  That announcement could be coming in as soon as the next few weeks.

Outside shot of cold storage facility with truck fleet

Based in Gainesville, Georgia, Agile blast-freezes and packs food for shipping. The Pearl River facility will be busy: The company expects to send about 100 containers of food shipments from the new facility to the Port of New Orleans for export every week, officials said when announcing the project this spring.

Construction is expected to wrap up by March 2025, Agile CEO Don Schoenl said.

Cleco is partnering with Agile to provide a fleet electrification assessment involving the potential for Agile to take advantage of all electric Class 8 (Heavy Duty) trucks for transporting products between Pearl River and the Port of New Orleans.


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