News

Charlie keeps it cool and fresh with new warehouse

Charlie Horne in the driver's seat in his new Cooloola foods building.
Charlie Horne in the driver's seat in his new Cooloola foods building. Renee Pilcher

NOT quite as big as Alaska, but nearly as cold in places, Charlie Horne's new food warehouse is a one-building revolution for Gympie's food industry.

The huge new warehouse, in Bunworth Park off Brisbane Rd, is the child of inspiration and optimism, a combination that has always been the foundation of Mr Horne's business approach.

From one extreme to the other, the business he operates with his wife Annette, is moving right now from its notoriously crowded and busy Bruce Hwy headquarters to a new warehouse space which promises big opportunities for Gympie and Queensland.

"We open on Monday, but no pressure," he said yesterday as he drove the forklift around the massive new warehouse, which includes drive-in fridges and freezers that are each larger than his old premises.

"We can fit 122 pallets in the fridge - that's 122 tonnes," he said of the cool room, 8m high and about 11m long by 10m wide.

"The freezer is so big it will take two weeks to get down to an operating temperature of minus 18 to 20 degrees."

That is freezer Number One.

The second freezer is as big as the fridge and the first freezer combined.

It is all part of Mr Horne's long running vision to turn Gympie into a food supply hub for Brisbane and much of regional Queensland, easily outdoing competing facilities on the Sunshine Coast.

"A truck from Rockhampton can get to Gympie and back in one trip and do it legally," he said.

"They can't drive to Brisbane and back, because it takes so long in the traffic."

Cooled by environmentally friendly carbon dioxide (at minus 58.9 degrees), the whole facility is state of the art.

"We want to have our little business, but make space available to others," he said.

Trucks can back up to loading bays where inflatable gaskets keep cold air in, while forklifts load the fridge.

Gympie Times

Topics:  business gympie refrigeration warehouse



Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

A CITY drenched in culture, Brisbane is again flaunting an arts and culture events calendar fit for a queen.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

Three trapped after truck t-bones car

Police question two passengers after a dangerous traffic crash on Tin Can Bay Rd this afternoon.

Astonishingly, no major injuries reported

Woodchop results from the Gympie Show

Tom Willis.

Did you or someone you know enter the Gympie Show?

Newton back for humorous go in Kevin07

RETURN: Andrew Newton is returning perform with the Zodiac Players in their new show.

Zodiac Players take on Kevin07

Local Partners

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

IF AUSTRALIA does have a tall poppy syndrome, Mia Freedman has most certainly been a victim.

Rooftop cocktails and canapes in Gympie

Jamie Cook, of the Gympie Bone Museum Project, holding fully cleaned young male and female sheep heads.

Ticket selling fast for rooftop cocktails and canapes

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!