Millard Refrigerated Services, a leading refrigerated warehousing and distribution services company, today announced it is dedicating substantial resources to developing its property in Theodore, AL. The 300-acre Millard Maritime® facility, which includes a 1,600 ft. wharf and rail, interstate and barge access, will increase its focus on diversified cargo and shipping activities.
Millard will invest in rail and property infrastructure to accommodate the handling of new export cargo like aggregates, iron ore fines, wood and non-hazardous chemicals. The company will also dedicate resources to increase its growing import and export business, while preparing to handle additional cargo.
“We’ve determined there is a better business opportunity for Millard Maritime to utilize the facility with a wide array of new and existing commodity lines, and developed a master plan for the property that takes advantage of its full freight handling capabilities. We are now starting to execute that plan and believe it will result in a very vibrant operation within the next few years,” said Lance Larsen, President & CEO of Millard Refrigerated Services.
As part of the process to renovate the property, the current workforce will be reduced. The affected workers are being encouraged to apply for openings at other Millard locations. The remaining team members will focus on non-refrigerated business at the port and other maritime activities, as well as on readying the facility for its new lines of business.
Millard was founded in 1963 by Larry Larsen and continues to be a family-owned and operated business that has added supply chain solutions like transportation, re-distribution, high pressure processing and import/export to it original warehousing offer. More recently, the company has expanded its Attalla, Alabama and Sunnyvale, Texas distribution centers to accommodate growth.