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Friday, October 19, 2012 - 10:00am

Cold Distribution Centers To Open

Two new cold storage facilities will be opening up near the Port of Savannah next year.

The refrigerated distribution centers could make Georgia poultry more competitive.

The Gulf States and Nordic cold storage warehouses both are planning on opening around January.

Savannah is the world's busiest poultry exporting port.

Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz says, the new refrigerated distribution centers promise to lower shipping costs for Georgia poultry producers.

"All it's doing is improving the competitiveness of their ability to compete on a global basis," Foltz says. "As we build our ports and improve the efficiencies and accesses of our ports, it's important to them that we're as competitive as we can possibly be and their cost of transportation is as low as it can be."

The Savannah port moves about 1.6 billion pounds of birds a year.

But right now, it has more demand for refrigerated storage than it has supply.