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Just Add Heat: 3PL Uses InsulWall To Create A Heated Space

Posted on: January 9th, 2015 by Beth Brown No Comments

Port Jersey Logistics (PJL), is a full-service third-party logistics provider of warehousing, transportation, and value-added solutions provider.  All PJL locations are certified food-grade, AIB approved and organic certified, as well as FDA registered.

Gallo Port Jersey Logistics Randall ManufacturingWe spoke with Galo Panchi, the Facilities Manager and 45-year employee, with PJL to share his experience; thoughts about the future of 3PLs; and how he is using InsulWall® to help meet business challenges.

Q.  You’ve been with PJL for over four decades – tell us about the business you serve and your role.

A.  PJL is a family-owned 3PL that manages six facilities with over 700,000 square feet of food-grade and public warehousing space.  We’re at an exciting time in our history – we’re consolidating three of our existing facilities and moving to a new, larger facility.  The new facility will be a food-grade space, with over 46,000 pallets in this location alone.

Q.  Continuously meeting a variety of client needs appears to be core to a successful 3PL.  How as PJL approached business differently the last decade?

A.  We serve the food, beverage and personal care product markets.  Demand within these markets for temperature and humidity-controlled storage is growing for us. By controlled, I mean we’re maintaining 55-65 degrees Fahrenheit and 50% humidity. 

Q.  What challenges keep you up at night?

A.  With the growth of temperature and humidity controlled rooms, our equipment has increased.  Whether it’s cooling in the summer, heating in the winter, it’s our job to ensure product integrity throughout our controlled environments.

Q.  Tell us about your first application using InsulWall®. InsulWall Port Jersey Logistics Randall Manufacturing

A.  We’ve been storing olive oil from Italy for many years.  During the transit from Italy to our ports, the product has been subjected to numerous temperature fluctuations and changes color.  In order for the olive oil to regain its natural color, it needs to be heated to a temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit for a period of 24-48 hours.  We initially were using a non-insulated, vinyl wall to partition the space.  Our heating expense was through the roof. 

InsulWall was evaluated as a flexible, modular insulated wall that was easy to install and provided excellent thermal properties.  I was sold the minute I saw it.  We took down our non-insulated wall and replaced it with InsulWall.  Based on the savings we realized in our heating bill alone, InsulWall paid for itself in one year.

Q.  How are you using InsulWall in your new facility?

A.  InsulWall is playing a key role in our expansion with cooler rooms and a heated room for olive oil.  Our operation is high-volume, high turn rates.  InsulWall helps us meet our clients’ demands with its ease of installation, ease of maintenance, and ability to create cooler and heated rooms economically.

 

For more information on InsulWall, please contact Kristine Grudis – kgrudis@randallmfg.com or 800-323-7424 ext. 4207

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