Preferred Freezer Services eyes expansion

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By Jeff Morrow

Preferred Freezer Services opened up a monster facility in July 2015 in the north part of Richland.

The $115 million building dominates the landscape, standing 120 feet tall, with 455,000 square feet of space and 313,000 square feet dedicated to automated freezer space.

And it’s about to get bigger with a major expansion that could add 33 percent more capacity and about 30 more jobs.

“We’re kind of in the final design stage,” said Burnie Taylor, general manager of the Richland facility. “We’re not at the permitting stage yet. And there has been no formal announcement of expansion.”

The facility already handles more than 2 billion pounds of food a year.

“It’s all been fruit and vegetables, unlike other markets who have proteins,” Taylor said. “But here, it’s primarily potato products.”

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Jeffrey Morrow

Jeffrey Morrow

Jeff Morrow retired from the Tri-City Herald in 2015. Jeff spent 30 years on the Herald’s sports staff, including the last 19 as the sports editor. Although he likes to write, Jeff still finds time to travel, golf and take care of his family’s three dogs. He and his wife of 31 years, Connie, have two adult daughters.

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