Swire Cold Storage’s (SCS) Australian operations in New South Wales have expanded with the addition of a third facility at the SCS Lurnea Complex. The new building, Lurnea 3, was triggered by demand for growth from long term customers Ferrero and Ingham Enterprises and will also see sister facility Lurnea 1 re-developed with all work set for completion by mid October this year.
“The build was a natural progression for us. We listened to Ferrero’s and Ingham’s plans for future growth and decided the best way to meet their needs was through growth of our own. While Ferrero and Ingham will remain at Lurnea 1, where we can develop more specialised services for them, some freezer customers will be moved to the brand-new Lurnea 3 facility and in turn be allowed to grow too. It is a win-win situation for all involved,” says Stephen Lay, General Manager General Storage.
The project enables SCS to provide Ferrero with a one-stop-shop for all their warehousing needs by refurbishing the former forklift recharge room at Lurnea 1 and transforming it into a re-pack area, and converting one of the freezer rooms into a chiller and dry goods room, both exclusively for Ferrero product. The re-pack service comes in addition to services already provided by SCS and will see stock re-packed in numerous configurations for distribution to major supermarkets and retail outlets within Australia.
“We are very pleased with the re-development of Lurnea 1 and the ability to have all our warehousing needs met by one provider. We have worked with SCS for a number of years now and look forward to working with them in the future,” says Alessandro Gado, Logistics Manager, Ferrero.
Lurnea 1 will also accommodate the growth of long-term client Ingham Enterprises who will increase their storage presence to 4,000 pallets and continue to receive blast freezing, chiller and various other warehousing services. “It’s important to listen to customers and find the best way to accommodate their needs. In most cases when you work together on a project, you will find that the benefits flow both ways,” says Larry Martin, State Manager General Storage NSW.
The new Lurnea 3 facility is of a nine high, double deep configuration comprising over 11,600 pallet spaces. Most of the space has already been taken up by over 30 customers who are set to relocate or move into the facility. Lurnea 3 will be AQIS accredited for the handling of meat, game meat, poultry and fish products, also carrying Approved Arrangement (AA) certification for export meat and HACCP approval for commodities. The new facility is more environmentally friendly being run on ammonia instead of freon gas, and offers services ranging from truck and container loading and unloading, palletising, tallying, stretch wrapping and order selection to name a few.