ROCHELLE — “The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America” posted at coronavirus.gov instructs workers in Critical Infrastructure Industries — defined by the Department of Homeland Security to include healthcare services, pharmaceutical, and food supply — to maintain their normal work schedules.
Americold, one of the largest cold storage companies in the United States, provides critical infrastructure for the food supply chain through our network of temperature-controlled warehouses and transportation hubs. Americold’s facilities are essential in helping keep shelves and freezers stocked during crucial times like these.
“Americold is considered essential infrastructure because of our impact on the supply chain, as far as keeping the store shelves and freezers full,” said Americold general manager Dan Lundquist.
Americold owns and operates two facilities in Rochelle.
On Tuesday, at the 1010 Americold Drive facility, associates were recognized for their dedication while supporting locally owned business, through a luncheon provided by Country School. More than 200 meals were provided to Americold employees.
Americold will continue to support and recognize our dedicated and hard - working associates by working with locally owned business providing a catered meal throughout these challenge times due to COVID-19.
Americold held this event to not only give back to its hardworking employees who continue to work during these challenging times, but as a way to support local business who may need the help as well. This was the first event of its kind, but Americold plans to continue hosting more with other local businesses.
“This gives us an opportunity to recognize our associates who continue to show up every day, while at the same time being able to support locally owned businesses when they may need a little boost to help them out through this time,” said Lundquist. “We plan to do more and already have three other businesses lined up. We are going to continue to do this during this period of time”
Americold challenges and encourages other industry partners within the Rochelle community to do the same, recognizing their associates, supporting locally owned business.