Alabama officials broke ground this week on a $61 million temperature-controlled distribution center that will more than quadruple available capacity for the state’s poultry exporters, according to a report from meatingplace.

The MTC Logistics facility at the Port of Mobile, will generate 50 to 70 new jobs when completed in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Offering 12 million cubic feet of space, MTC will expand the seaport’s blast freeze capability by accommodating 30 truckloads per day and providing 40,000 racked pallet positions of storage.

The Alabama State Port Authority, with assistance from Alabama economic development officials, recruited MTC to expand blast freezing and refrigerated storage capability for Alabama and regional refrigerated cargo shippers of poultry and seafood.  The terminal will also handle a wide variety of refrigerated products for retail distribution.

“We’re extremely pleased to add this high caliber company to our portfolio of port services.  MTC will more than quadruple available capacity for our export poultry producers, as well as attract new shippers,” said James K. Lyons, director and chief executive officer for the port authority, in a news release.

MTC Logistics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hoffberger Holdings, Inc., a diversified privately held investment company of the Hoffberger family of Baltimore.  With the expansion MTC Logistics will operator four distribution centers for more than 40 million cubic feet of refrigerated and frozen space, serving the ports of Mobile, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware.