Business Gets Tax Credit for New Cold Warehouse Planned for Lorain County


SHEFFIELD, Ohio — Another food cold storage is potentially coming to northeast Ohio, this time slated for Lorain County.

Berkshire Refrigerated Warehousing plans to build a 200,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse in Sheffield. The company provides chilled and frozen food storage, while also packaging food for businesses. The project received a tax credit worth an estimated $545,000 from Ohio’s Tax Credit Authority Monday morning.

The warehouse would serve customers in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania.

The facility would create 90 full-time jobs, according to a press release from Greater Cleveland’s JobsOhio partner Team NEO. The warehouse is expected to create and retain these jobs and generate $5 million in payroll to claim its tax credit.

The project is planned for North Abbe Road.

Ted Grzywacz, chairman of the company, said in a press release that they chose the location because of its strategic position and help from Sheffield, Lorain County and the state.

The need for cold storage in the region was highlighted last year. Orlando Baking will build a 150,000 square foot facility on Opportunity Corridor in Cleveland. Giant Eagle has taken over the operations of a cold storage facility in Solon owned by Lineage Logistics.

More cold storage will help an already thriving food industry in northeast Ohio, Team Neo CEO Bill Koehler said in a press release.

Berkshire Refrigerated Warehousing is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and has 200,000 square feet of cold storage in the Chicago area, as well as 90,000 square feet of dry storage. The Ohio Department of Development said Ohio was competing with Illinois for the project.

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