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Chris Nava – October Employee of the Month
Chris Nava – October Employee of the Month

Chris Nava has been an incredible addition to our operations leadership team throughout some of the busiest times BCS has seen in years. Long before Chris took on his current role as Assistant Plant Manager, you would see Chris coming in on weekends and bringing his...

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Gene and Jan Knutson – September Employees of the Month
Gene and Jan Knutson – September Employees of the Month

Gene and Jan have been a dynamic duo at the reception desk for decades.  They are always pleasant and professional with everyone that they come into contact with. Jan began her career with BCS on April 2, 1996, and has blessed us with her special talents over the...

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BCS Welcomes New Vice President + Controller
BCS Welcomes New Vice President + Controller

Welcome Thomas Johnson, CPA BCS introduces Thomas Johnson who officially began his career with Bellingham Cold Storage on August 23, 2021.  Thomas comes with an extensive background with 20 years of corporate accounting in healthcare, real estate, biotechnology,...

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We’re Hiring!
We’re Hiring!

$1000 signing bonus! BCS is an industry-leading cold chain logistics company based in Bellingham, WA. We own and manage an inland warehouse and the largest portside cold storage center on the West Coast and we are hiring! Apply here:...

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Home Port Seafoods – Customer of the Quarter
Home Port Seafoods – Customer of the Quarter

Customer since 1992 One family operation helping another family operation. That’s been the relationship between Bellingham Cold Storage and our Customer of the Quarter, Home Port Seafoods.The relationship goes way back. Glen Binschus got his first job at 18, stacking...

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Paul DallaSanta – August Employee of the Month
Paul DallaSanta – August Employee of the Month

Paul DallaSanta has been an excellent member of the BCS programming team since 2017.  He always demonstrates incredible INTEGRITY with everything he does, even in delicate situations where doing the right thing isn’t the easiest or quickest solution....

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Adding 10 New Family Care Clinics
Adding 10 New Family Care Clinics

No cost medical care is expanding for BCS Employees! BCS has always placed an importance on the health and wellness of our employees. Since 2018, we’ve been offering no-cost medical care to our employees and their families with the opening of The Orchard Clinic. The...

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Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Catches Break Records
Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Catches Break Records

Record numbers of sockeye salmon are being caught in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Alaska Fish and Game say the 2021 total salmon catch is forecasted to top 190 million fish, a remarkable 61 percent increase over the 2020 catch of about 118 million salmon. Sockeye harvests in...

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Innovative Solutions
Innovative Solutions

Employee's farming background makes for creative solutions. Nic Sakuma, Operations Manager, didn’t know he was preparing for his career in cold storage at the age of 6.Growing up on a farm, Sakuma picked fruit and berries for his family’s business. Needing a place for...

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Roberto Villegas Godoy – June Employee of the Month
Roberto Villegas Godoy – June Employee of the Month

Roberto has a great ATTITUDE and calm demeanor. Roberto has gone above and beyond every day from the start. A fast learner, he gives every task he works on 100% effort. Offering to help whenever needed, he is the first driver to ask about weekend overtime and often...

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Small Town, Big Agriculture
Small Town, Big Agriculture

Blending Small Town America With Sustainability The city of Stanwood is situated in one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. In fact, agriculture is the number one industry in Snohomish county. Naturally, the city of Stanwood has been the home of...

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Philip Romero – May Employee of the Month
Philip Romero – May Employee of the Month

Philip has become an integral part of the BCS Orchard team. He brings such a positive ATTITUDE and a high level of skill to work with him every day. As Team Lead, he does an outstanding job managing the product placement and activities within the warehouse as well as...

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WebOPTICS Online Order Entry
WebOPTICS Online Order Entry

NEW FEATURE WebOPTICS Order Entry allows you to directly enter domestic shipping ordersfrom your WebOPTICS login. This is more efficient, accurate, and conveniencethan our domestic shipping order form. Benefits Efficiency: Orders will be entered into Optics directly....

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Dorian Canedo – April Employee of the Month
Dorian Canedo – April Employee of the Month

The person who nominated Dorian said, “Dorian is a very hard worker for BCS and he has a great ATTITUDE. He does a great job at driving and is a great TEAM PLAYER. He is not afraid to try new things and always asks great questions while at work. He MOTIVATES others by...

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Ted Rosen – March Employee of the Month
Ted Rosen – March Employee of the Month

Ted is the newest member of the IT department. He’s worked with us at BCS since November 2020. He won recognition as the employee of the month for his unshakable positive ATTITUDE and the high QUALITY of his work. Ted is always ready to help our employees at BCS,...

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Ammonia
Ammonia

In the words of Gary White, VP of BCS Engineering, who has been working on or around Ammonia for 35 years. If you are reading this article at one of the BCS locations, then you too are working around Ammonia as well. Ammonia is in all of the pipes and vessels around...

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Kevin Varholla: February Employee of the Month
Kevin Varholla: February Employee of the Month

Congratulations to our February Employee of the Month, Kevin Varholla. Selected by his peers, Kevin is a swing shift team lead at the Orchard facility who certainly exemplifies the BCS Core Values. When challenges arise, some shudder or shake their heads in...

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Victor Solomon: January Employee of the Month
Victor Solomon: January Employee of the Month

Congratulations to our January Employee of the Month, Victor Solomon.  Just Under a year ago Victor Solomon came to the Maintenance department with a background in construction and facility maintenance. His experience and attitude made him an immediate asset in the...

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Essential, Cold Chain Warrior & Employee of the Month
Essential, Cold Chain Warrior & Employee of the Month

Congratulations to our December Employee of the Month, Luis Hernandez.  Luis has become an essential part of our COVID-19 safety protocols. He spends 8 hours a day thoroughly sanitizing offices, lunchrooms, restrooms and much more. You can’t usually see it...

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San Juan A.R.E.A. Sea Life
San Juan A.R.E.A. Sea Life

San Juan AREA Sea Life Op-Ed – December 23, 2020 Written by: Doug Thomas - Board member, San Juan A.R.E.A. Sea Life / CEO, Bellingham Cold Storage Over 800 King salmon returned to the Whatcom Creek hatchery on Bellingham’s downtown waterfront this Fall which is cause...

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Alejandro Sierra Mora: November Employee of the Month
Alejandro Sierra Mora: November Employee of the Month

Alejandro Sierra Mora is the BCS Employee of the Month for November. The person who nominated Alejandro said, “Alejandro is one of the hardest working employees we have here at BCS. He is always wanting to do the best job he can and is always looking for ways to help...

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BCS Employee of the Month: Claire Adams
BCS Employee of the Month: Claire Adams

Please join me in congratulating Claire Adams as our October Employee of the Month. The person that nominated Claire said, “Claire is a mild-mannered person with a tough Job. As our compliance officer, she wears many hats. She is responsible for keeping us in...

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Presenting the 2019 Presidents Award Winner…
Presenting the 2019 Presidents Award Winner…

A huge congrats to Vaughn Libadisos as the recipient of the Bellingham Cold Storage 2019 Presidents Award. Bell Cold's CEO, Doug Thomas, details why… "The Presidential Leadership Award is presented to a BCS employee who not only demonstrates all of the BCS Core...

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Customer Spotlight: Sleeping Giant
Customer Spotlight: Sleeping Giant

Henry Shenk was raised in rural Pennsylvania, quite far from the wilds of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. However, in 1989 he started working a sales job with International Seafoods of Alaska, based in Kodiak. The rest is history. Shenk worked at International...

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The impacts of COVID-19 on the cold storage industry
The impacts of COVID-19 on the cold storage industry

The COVID-19 pandemic is going to have long-term and far-reaching impacts on the cold storage industry -- not only here at Bellingham Cold Storage’s portside facilities in Washington state, but across the country and around the world. Seismic shifts are happening...

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BCS employees offer notes of gratitude during COVID-19 pandemic
BCS employees offer notes of gratitude during COVID-19 pandemic

In late April, Doug Thomas, Bellingham Cold Storage’s CEO, was presented with two signs inked up by dozens of employees from the BCS campuses on Orchard Drive and the Bellingham waterfront. The signs were full of handwritten notes of appreciation from BCS team members...

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BCS shifts strategies to hire and train during COVID-19
BCS shifts strategies to hire and train during COVID-19

As an essential partner in the food pipeline, Bellingham Cold Storage is continuing to conduct business throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, helping ensure that grocery stores are stocked and that families have food on the table. That means we continue to need forklift...

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Creativity and community collaboration in moments of crisis
Creativity and community collaboration in moments of crisis

Bob Bray of Dairy Distributing, Inc. — transporter of products for such brands as Edaleen Dairy, Smith Brothers Farms, Twin Brook Creamery and Sirena Gelato — reached out to his friend Doug Thomas, president and CEO of Bellingham Cold storage, in March 2020. He...

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Message from Doug Thomas, BCS president & CEO
Message from Doug Thomas, BCS president & CEO

A massive THANK YOU to our dedicated employees, our loyal customers, the local, state and federal health care providers and officials, law enforcement and the entire Food Supply Cold Chain Industry that Bellingham Cold Storage is an integral part of. Bellingham Cold...

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These organizations help ensure your food is safe to eat
These organizations help ensure your food is safe to eat

How do you know the food you purchase is safe to eat? How do you know whether proper precautions have been taken to ensure that the food you feed your family is as safe as possible? Many organizations all around the world exist for this very purpose. They craft...

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BCS named winner of 2019 Maritime Industry Award
BCS named winner of 2019 Maritime Industry Award

Bellingham Cold Storage had the honor of being chosen for the 2019 Maritime Industry Award at the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce's 15th Annual Awards Dinner. The maritime industry is one of Whatcom County’s original industries, and BCS is proud to have been a...

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Dry storage is critical piece of food distribution pipeline
Dry storage is critical piece of food distribution pipeline

When shopping to feed their families, customers like their groceries fresh, good-looking and with plenty of shelf-life remaining. But how does that happen? Who is responsible for ensuring that food makes it from producers around the world to customers’ kitchens in...

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Sustainability practices in the cold storage industry
Sustainability practices in the cold storage industry

As a cold-storage warehouse, BCS is connected to the natural world. Among our missions is to properly store and handle nature’s bounty, including seafood, berries, vegetables and an abundance of other foods. We depend on a healthy environment to sustain these...

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Down South Solution
Down South Solution

[ Editor's note: This article has been reprinted, with permission, from Western Food Processor Magazine. To read the original, please see the magazine here. ] Breaking into the U.S. market: It’s the most familiar objective for any western Canadian food processor...

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Where to buy bulk ice on the Bellingham waterfront
Where to buy bulk ice on the Bellingham waterfront

Back in 2012, Bellingham Cold Storage opened a completely revamped Ice House capable of producing up to 300 metric tons of ice — roughly equivalent to the weight of two 1,600-square-foot homes — every single day. That’s a lot of ice. What is all of this ice produced...

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BCS: Pacific Northwest freezing experts
BCS: Pacific Northwest freezing experts

Whether their food comes from land or sea, perishable food producers in Northwest Washington rely heavily on Bellingham Cold Storage for its expert freezing and logistical capabilities. BCS freezes food on a massive scale using blast freezers and individual quick...

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2019 BCS job fair set for April 26 and 27
2019 BCS job fair set for April 26 and 27

Now is your chance to get paid while you train for a great, marketable skill – forklift driving! That’s right, BCS will train you to be a forklift driver! We are hosting a job fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 26 and 27, 2019, at our waterfront facility at 2825...

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Learn to master a forklift — and get paid for it
Learn to master a forklift — and get paid for it

Bellingham Cold Storage, with large warehouse operations on the Bellingham waterfront and inland near Interstate 5, is hiring an efficient and talented team of forklift drivers. BCS offers a robust forklift driver training program to help team members gain...

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Leased warehousing provides a logistical advantage
Leased warehousing provides a logistical advantage

Ever wonder what goes on behind the gates at Bellingham Cold Storage? A lot. After all, BCS does cold storage warehousing and so much more; it’s a full-service shipping, storing and receiving company that also offers manufacturing space for companies that want prime...

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Feeding the world by ship, train and truck
Feeding the world by ship, train and truck

Bellingham Cold Storage ships all over the world The company’s favorable location — with warehouses adjacent to Interstate 5, a major rail line, and the Bellingham waterfront — translates to ease of access for a number of businesses with product stored at or shipping...

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BCS: Invested in the community and its people
BCS: Invested in the community and its people

A recent article in Forbes noted the dramatic shift toward increased corporate social responsibility that’s been happening over the past decade or so. “Most companies are no longer satisfied with just writing checks to charities or sponsoring events,” writes...

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Cold storage 101: What we do here at BCS
Cold storage 101: What we do here at BCS

Bellingham Cold Storage has operated in Bellingham since 1946, providing services to the commercial fishing industry, farmers and their customers throughout the Pacific Northwest. But what is it that we do, exactly? And why is cold storage so important? Cold storage...

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BCS hires new human resources and safety manager
BCS hires new human resources and safety manager

I am pleased to announce the hiring of Barbara Jenks, who began her career with Bellingham Cold Storage as human resources and safety manager on Monday, June 19. Barbara comes to BCS with an impressive resume, having had experience with the Fox Group, including as...

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BCS honors Jim Talbot, long-time owner and visionary
BCS honors Jim Talbot, long-time owner and visionary

Jim Talbot On November 29, at the age of 87, Jim Talbot passed away peacefully here in Bellingham, where he had been battling Alzheimer’s disease since first being diagnosed back in 2007. Many of you were fortunate to have known and worked with, for or around Jim over...

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Ribbon-cutting party reopens BCS Ice House
Ribbon-cutting party reopens BCS Ice House

In late June of this year, Bellingham Cold Storage hosted a ribbon-cutting party for the grand reopening of the BCS Ice House. Because we were prepared for the rain that fell that afternoon, we moved the entire party into the adjacent BCS Fish House, which is all...

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Bellingham Cold Storage celebrates 60 years in business
Bellingham Cold Storage celebrates 60 years in business

Bellingham Cold Storage celebrates its 60th anniversary with a Customer Appreciation Party at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club on Friday, June 9. Bellingham Cold Storage began business operations in the summer of 1946 with the opening of its first cold storage...

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