A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at a new cold storage facility in Weslaco, Texas on March 3, 2021. The facility is being operated by CIL Logistics and used by Robinson Fresh. (Photo: Steve Taylor/RGG)

Good morning everybody and welcome. This actually is the Mayor’s Welcome speech but he is over at a vaccine distribution center so he asked me to say a few words on his behalf. 

On behalf of the City of Weslaco and the County of Hidalgo, ladies and gentlemen, we are honored to be here today to officially welcome each of you and our newest company in the cold storage industry, Robinson Fresh and CIL Fresh to our great city of Weslaco.

We are excited today to increase our footprint in the cold storage industry and establish Weslaco as a centralized location in the region for the international movement of produce. Those of you who know the mayor know that he has a lot of business sense and that he works off of facts and numbers and he is extremely impressed with all of the improvements that are being seen here today.

The building that we are in is a combined 46,000 square feet. When you take the tour you will see the cold storage space, offices and dining space for the employees as well as additional parking lot improvements. This facility is already averaging 65 trucks loads coming in and going daily. Each of those trucks carries an estimated 48,000 pounds of produce most of which comes from Mexico, Brazil and Ecuador. Truckers can expect a time of about 45 minutes for loading and unloading, which makes this plant an efficient in and out solution.

The season we are now in is basically fresh limes and mango, many of which you see up here in front, but we will also see movement of pineapple, papaya, green banana, and watermelon. And what is temporarily stored here in Weslaco will end up in homes across the United States in just a matter of days. Another exciting fact is that 60 new jobs will come with this venture that has been brought to Weslaco and in these challenging times jobs are the most important factor in raising families and establishing a stable home and economy.

These are just a few of the facts and numbers that excite not only the mayor but all of us here in Hidalgo County, as businessmen and as residents. These are the types of partnerships that foster investment and sustainable growth in our communities and I want to thank the EDC and our friend, Joaquin Spamer for cultivating this relationship to make this day happen. To the people of Robinson Fresh, we are here to support you and help you to grow.

Teaming up with CIL Fresh and the CIL Group has proved to be a successful combination and we are honored that Mr. Joaquin Spamer and his companies have made Weslaco their home for nearly 700,000 square feet of building space. Today’s grand opening sends a clear message to other cold storage companies. If Colimex, A.W. Produce and now Robinson Fresh can be successful in Weslaco, so can the many other cold storage companies in region looking to grow and expand.

Once again, on behalf of the City of Weslaco, our city commissioners, and Hidalgo County, we welcome Robinson Fresh, a Fortune 200 company, and one of the largest cold storage companies in the world to now call Weslaco home.

Welcome to everyone. God Bless Weslaco and God Bless Hidalgo County. Thank you.

Editor’s Note: The above remarks were made by Hidalgo County Commissioner for Precinct 1, David Fuentes at a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new cold storage facility being operated by CIL Logistics and used by Robinson Fresh in Weslaco, Texas. It was made on behalf of Fuentes and Weslaco Mayor David Suarez. Fuentes can be reached by email via: [email protected] hidalgo.tx.us.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above commentary shows David Fuentes, Hidalgo County Commissioner for Precinct 1. He is speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new CIL-Robinson Fresh cold storage facility.

Editor’s Note: The above commentary is the first in a two-part series about the CIL-Robinson tie-up. Part Two will be featured in our next edition.

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