In early 2003, Tom Poe and Denny Franzen formed a Limited Liability Company.  Their intent was to provide central Iowa with a state of the art cold storage facility.  Being on the crossroads of America on I80 and I35, they felt it was the perfect location.  Franzen had the land and Poe had the expertise. 

Construction of this project began in August of 2003 and was completed in December of 2003.  In the spring of 2005, the facility was nearing its capacity and a decision to increase the building size was formulated. Construction began in late spring to add an additional 100,000 square foot addition. In the fall of 2005, the addition was completed bringing the total size of the facility to 200,000 square feet.


In February 2008, Denny Franzen, CEO of Iowa Cold Storage Altoona, Iowa, and Tom Poe, President of Crystal Distribution Services, Inc., Waterloo, Iowa announced that Tom Poe was no longer actively involved with Iowa Cold Storage operationally or in an ownership capacity. Franzen stated that due to time and travel commitments, Tom had elected to leave the operation to concentrate fully on Crystal Distribution in Waterloo.


Franzen also announced the appointment of Gary Jones as Managing Director of Iowa Cold Storage. Jones had more than 20 years of experience in food processing and another 13 years of experience in public refrigerated warehousing. 


In the spring of 2014 with capacities averaging in the high ninety percentile for the preceeding 18-months, the decision was made to again expand the facility footprint with  an additional 30,000 square foot, 46’ tall dense storage addition.


Again in the spring of 2016 with capacities approaching the high ninety percentile, Jamey Franzen and Gary Jones looked to the future for Iowa Cold Storage and put a plan together to increase storage capacity to service our customers’ needs.  The plan was to put a 117,000 square foot addition onto the facility.  The contractor broke ground in the fall of 2016 with plans for completion in the fall of 2017.