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Hanson Logistics Chicago Consolidation Center Achieves SQF Certification

December 10, 2019, St. Joseph, Michigan. Hanson Logistics Chicago Multi-Vendor Consolidation Center has achieved the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification, Edition 8, by the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), a globally trusted, recognized, and accepted food safety and quality program. 

Located just east of Chicago in Hobart, Indiana, the 16,500,000 cu.ft. facility has among the highest volume throughput in the region. Fifty truck doors open to deep frozen, frozen and refrigerated environments for cross-docking and load consolidation, with more than 45,000 pallet positions for short-term storage. As the company’s flagship campus, the Chicago Consolidation Center is a strategically located hub, allowing customers to maintain a single frozen food inventory location for regional and nation distribution. 

Chicago Consolidation Center

The SQF Certification of this facility follows the 2018 certification of the company’s Hartford, Michigan facility, which serves growers in Southwest Michigan. The Hartford facility was re-certified in 2019, scoring 97% and a rating of Excellent, an improvement from 93% and a rating of Good the previous year.

SQF Quality Code, Edition 8, focuses on both safety and quality, with additional emphasis on senior management and continuous improvement. Certification is part of Hanson Logistics overall continuous improvement initiative. 

“Congratulations to all Hanson teammates involved in the certification process, on the front lines as well as diligently working in the background,” said Ken Whah, CEO, Hanson Logistics. “You have shown your commitment and ability to meet the highest standards to food safety. On behalf of your fellow Hanson teammates and our customers, we thank the Chicago team for a job well done.”

The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program is a rigorous and credible food safety and quality program that is recognized by retailers, brand owners, and food service providers world-wide. Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the SQF family of food safety and quality codes are designed to meet industry, customer, and regulatory requirements for all sectors of the food supply chain – from the farm all the way to the retail stores. For additional information, visit