Seven years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and damaged one of the biggest cold-storage warehouses in the region, Briggs Equipment is supplying electric forklifts to New Orleans Cold Storage’s new $40 million facility at the Port of New Orleans.
The 142,000-square-foot warehouse is the largest in the country, Briggs said on its website. Briggs has been contracted to provide and service 18 new electric forklifts inside the building and 15 others that will be used to move product from the facility to waiting ships at the port.
“The warehouse was constructed to be environmentally sound and energy efficient,” said Paul Pressler, Briggs Equipment New Orleans branch manager. “That’s why our innovative, eco-friendly electric forklifts are a perfect match for the facility.”
New Orleans Cold Storage is one of the largest suppliers of beef, poultry and pork exports in North America. Among other products, the facility handles nearly half of the poultry exported from Louisiana farmers to foreign destinations.
“We helped NOCS recover and resume operations at their other New Orleans facility after the storm,” Mike Winemiller, president of Briggs Equipment, said. “We are proud to partner with the legendary company again to help put it and the city of New Orleans back on the map as a worldwide player in the cold storage industry.”
Briggs Equipment, based in Dallas, is No. 25 on the RER 100.