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AFF breaks ground on a new freight facility in Anchorage

American Fast Freight's new facility under construction in Anchorage.

American Fast Freight's new facility under construction in Anchorage.

IMAGE: Rendering by GPARCH Architects / Courtesy of American Fast Freight

Drive-in cooler area is a warehouse feature unique to American Fast Freight.

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, May 21, 2012 -- American Fast Freight (AFF) formally announces the groundbreaking of a new freight facility adjacent to its current facility off W. International Airport Road in Anchorage.

The design was completed by Gary Peterson of GPARCH Architects and the construction is being managed by Watterson Construction; both are Anchorage-based businesses.

The new warehouse space will be 50 percent bigger than the old facility at nearly 30,000 square feet. Included in that space is a high pile storage chill/freeze area with product receiving doors located directly in the coolers.

“This feature makes AFF the only freight forwarder in the Alaska market which receives temperature-sensitive product directly into its correct temperature environment on both sides of the water,” said AFF Vice President of Operations Joel Boyd.

The facility’s structure will be what is called “90-foot clear span,” meaning the building will be a completely open floor with no support poles creating obstacles for busy forklift traffic. There will also be 17 additional doors for a total of 49, as well as two drive-down ramps with doors and a covered back dock.

“With more doors, more space and no poles, we will have significant efficiency improvement,” Boyd said. “We are genuinely excited about expanding our capabilities to better support the needs of our customers.”

American Fast Freight expects to begin operations from the new facility in November 2012. They will continue to utilize the existing facility as extra storage and as a project freight staging area.

About American Fast Freight, Inc.: Incorporated in Washington State in 1988, AFF has served Alaska under other trade names dating back to 1982. AFF’s core business is ocean freight forwarding and consolidating. However, through its affiliate companies, services also include project logistics, trucking, warehousing and distribution, cold storage, air freight, and household goods moving and storage. Learn more at www.americanfast.com.

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