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Briggs Equipment Helping New Orleans Get Back to Business

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Nearly seven years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and forced one of the largest cold storage facilities in the country to close, Briggs Equipment, is honored to supply state of the art electric forklifts to New Orleans Cold Storage company’s new $40 million facility at the Port of New Orleans.

The 142,000 square foot warehouse is the largest in the country. Briggs is 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,” says 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 the oldest cold storage company in North America. It’s one of the largest suppliers of beef, poultry and pork exports in the nation. Among other products, the facility handles nearly half of the poultry exported from Louisiana farmers to foreign destinations.

“This is a new chapter for New Orleans Cold Storage, the port and the city,” says Mike Winemiller, President Briggs International. “We are proud to partner with this legendary company and this facility to help put New Orleans back on the map as a worldwide player in the cold storage industry.”

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