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HOUSTON-Trammel Crow Co.’s Air CargoCentre II at George Bush Intercontinental Airport has a new tenant, with Tradewinds Cargo Handling taking more than 30,000 square feet to operate a cold-storage facility. The New Jersey-based company will begin operations, and its 10-year-lease, on Nov. 1.

Trammell Crow Co. managing director of airport development Steven Bradford tells GlobeSt.com the arrangement between Trammell Crow and Tradewinds Cargo for the remaining space is flexible. “What’s difficult for us to measure right now is the exact volume of the freight,” he explains. “We’re being flexible with the tenant. If they are in there for a couple of months and decide they need an extra 10,000 square feet, it’ll be there.” Bradford goes on to say that Tradewinds Cargo anticipates growth, and could take more space in the facility as time goes on.

Air CargoCentre II, part of Trammell Crow’s vast Air CargoCentre development, was shell-complete in 2008, and a number of opportunities arose to lease it to traditional dry cargo users. However, “our vision was to make this a center for distribution of perishable imports, and exports to Central and South America,” he says.

He acknowledges moving in that direction presented a challenge, in that distributors, growers and the cargo airlines, as well as the Houston Airport System, needed to be on the same page. Commitments of volume from certain regions were also necessary to move the project forward. Ultimately, Bradford says the parties involved recognized the need for the facility.

The building itself is somewhat unique in that it has an insulated slab as well as increased electricity to support the cooler elements. It also contains areas for the United States Department of Agriculture and customs inspections processes. This allows Tradewinds Cargo to provide various services ranging from pre-cooling imports, to inspections, to further shipments via air and ground.

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