Swire Cold Storage (SCS) and Ingham Enterprises (Ingham’s) have a strong working relationship that has been developed over many years, with SCS providing warehousing and transport cold chain solutions to Ingham’s in a number of States.
With a new plant under construction in Edinburgh Parks, Adelaide, and an ongoing expansion of the current plant located in Bolivar, Ingham’s was in need of a quick solution to cope with increases in production.
As a long term customer, Ingham’s approached SCS and after a review of the options available, SCS proposed a lease to Ingham’s of SCS’ Dry Creek III facility at Cavan, Adelaide. At the time, the facility was operating as a general storage site, but its size and location were a good fit with Ingham’s needs.
Following a collaborative needs analysis between Ingham’s and SCS’ General Storage and Engineering divisions, the necessary site customisation was identified to deliver a solution that was exactly what Ingham’s were looking for – and, importantly, could be available in the required time-frame and at a competitive price.
“We have been working with Swire Cold Storage for many years. Throughout that time, we have found that we can approach them with almost any cold storage challenge. The lease of SCS’ Dry Creek III facility is an ideal solution for our currently expanding South Australian business,” says David Mall, Distribution Manager, Ingham’s.
The extensive refurbishment of the facility saw the 7,000 pallet freezer bulk storage warehouse transformed into a custom-designed fast-flow distribution centre, exclusively for Ingham’s.
Special rooms were built to accommodate Ingham’s requirement for a +2°C and -2°C temperature zones with approximately 2,000 pallets of single-selective racking. Separate weight labelling and dry goods packaging storage rooms were also created.
Existing Dry Creek III operations were seamlessly relocated to SCS’ Dry Creek I facility in late 2006, with the refurbishment work at Dry Creek III commencing in early January. All works were completed on-time by the end of February, and the facility was ready on schedule for hand-over to Ingham’s in March.
As part of the expanding portfolio of one-stop-shop solutions for Ingham’s in SA, SCS also provides transport services and, in addition to other existing work, SCS has been awarded the transport shuttle from Ingham’s Bolivar plant to Dry Creek III. Two drivers, a prime mover, and three trailers have been assigned to the job, completing eighteen-hours-a-day, five-and-a-half days a week quick-hitch service, with twenty loads and a whopping sixty trailer swaps a day!
“It’s been a pleasure working with Ingham’s over the years. We are very pleased that their business has been doing so well and is now expanding even further. We look forward to continuing to meet Ingham’s cold storage and distribution needs in the future,” says Darrin Huppatz, State Manager General Storage SA, SCS.