PHARR, Texas – Commodities Integrated Logistics, otherwise known as CIL, recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a huge state-of-the-art cold storage warehouse in south Pharr.

The facility will be known as Queenstown Park. It is being built on the corner of I-Road and Las Milpas Road in south Pharr. CIL currently has over 1.15 million square-feet of warehouse space. It is expanding its cold storage facility capacity by ten percent by adding another 150,600 square-feet of space at Queenstown Park. Of that, 135,600 square-feet will be used for cold storage and 15,000 square-feet for office space. 

Joaquin Spamer

CIL is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month. It started out as Century Forwarding Agency with a small warehouse in the city of Hidalgo in 1992.

To mark the occasion, CIL held a convention July 19, at the McAllen Convention Center. CIL also held a banquet at the same venue and on the same evening. The group also had an evening mixer on Monday, July 18 at Club Nautique, next to the Rio Grande in Mission. And, Commodities Integrated Logistics is slated to hold a golf tournament at Champions Lakes in McAllen on July 20. 

Among the speakers at the Queenstown Park groundbreaking ceremony were Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez and Pharr Economic Development Corporation executive director Victor Perez. But the lion’s share of the time at the podium was given over to the founder and president of CIL, Joaquin Spamer. 

Spamer spoke entirely in Spanish. 

Here are highlights from his remarks.


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