Ben Adams, Jr.

Starting a New Chapter With Cold-Link Logistics

It’s July, which is usually a slow news month; however, this time there’s a bit of news.

 

In the coming months, I will step down as owner-operator and president of Adams Cold Storage as our company transitions to join Cold-Link Logistics. I will remain onsite during the transition, but afterward, will be stepping away from the cold storage business and Cold-Link will assume the day-to-day operations of our Auburndale facility under their name.

 

This came about a little suddenly, but not as a big surprise. We have been colleagues with Cold-Link since they started in 2020. We have been able to help guide them as they have grown into an industry leader. As such, they embrace the high-quality standards and people-first philosophy that have helped Adams Cold Storage become synonymous with quality.

 

The most important part of our discussions about this transition was to make sure they take care of the people who have made Adams Cold Storage what it is. I have tried to stress during this monthly column how important the people of ACS are to me personally, and to the quality service and industry-leading care we give our clients. The people of ACS are our success.

 

For our current clients, many of whom are looking to grow and expand beyond our Auburndale facility, Cold-Link comes with a built-in network of facilities that could help them reach their long-term goals. I am excited to see what the future holds.

 

For me, as a lifetime local resident, the experience of starting and growing a business in my hometown has been beyond my imagination. 

 

When we opened on December 15, 2010, we had nothing in the warehouse. Our first customer was the Louis Dreyfus Corporation, and we have had a full warehouse ever since.

 

We’ve grown from storing citrus drums to finished goods to palletized goods. We have 7.9 million cubic feet in our two state-of-the-art facilities — and there is room to grow on our site.

 

I am proud of the work that I — and many, many others — have done with Adams Cold Storage. Together, we have made something that has had an impact on the daily lives of people in our community and in our state. From school lunches to emergency supplies to people in need, we have tried to be a good steward of our facilities and our company.

 

Now, I am excited to watch the story continue and I am confident that the story will be good.