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The location's third expansion in five years is in line with growing demand for Hanson's Velocities Multi-Vendor Consolidation (MVC) program. It is geared to filling and shipping multiple-SKU frozen-food orders to major retail, wholesale and food-service distribution centers throughout the U.S. Slated for the third quarter of 2013, the expansion will create another 100,000 square feet of space, along with energy-saving LED lighting, 12,000 new pallet positions and 14 "in-swing" dock doors. That feature allows trailer doors to be opened from inside the facility, reducing loading times and energy loss, and enhancing security. The Chicago Consolidation Center will increase to a capacity of 11 million cubic feet, nearly all devoted to high-volume throughput. The facility includes flexible racking for quick-pick consolidation and cross-docking of temperature-controlled food products.
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