It's big. It's tall. It's ten degrees below zero.
That can only mean one thing: It's a freezer.
But this freezer is unlike any other in the world!
Developers of this monstrous facility say it's the largest freezer of its kind in all of North America.
And it's located right in our backyard at the Horn Rapids Industrial Park in Richland.
"We are very excited. It's a privilege for us to be here in the Tri-Cities area. This is our first endeavor in the Pacific Northwest," says General Manager Burnie Taylor of Preferred Freezer Services.
Spanning 455,000 square feet in all, each of the three separate freezers at the facility covers 104,000 square feet.
Developers of this fully automated freezer say it took two years to design and construct, costing $150 million.
"Which means there won't be people working in the freezer on any regular basis outside of the daily or weekly mantainance of equipment," says Vice President R. J. Burton of Victory Unlimited Construction.
More than 100 employees will be hired while the giant freezer is in its final phase of construction.
So what's expected out of this multi-million dollar facility?
"We will store frozen food products for food industry. For multiple frozen food items for large consumer packaged goods companies and producers. Anyone that needs our services within the food supply chain," explains Taylor.
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