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PORT BUSINESS
MTC Logistics to Celebrate
90 Years of Excellence I
Photography Courtesy of MTC
FIRM ON CUTTING EDGE OF COLD STORAGE, LOGISTICS
n the late 1920s, thanks to technological advances in refrigeration, Americans began to savor the convenience of frozen foods. Clarence Birdseye
introduced flash freezing, and fruits, vegetables, meats and fish became available year-round. In Baltimore, Harry Hoffberger and his brothers were busy with their family startup, delivering
ice and coal to families in the city. As frozen foods became more common, the family created Merchants Terminal Corporation and began storing and delivering products to local merchants as well. The original terminal was an 11-story building equipped with three elevators and multiple cooling lockers.
In the middle of the 20th century, Merchants evolved into a logistics provider. Palletization and containerization resulted in more products for transport, requiring further innovation by the family. Merchants remained on the
BY KATHY BERGREN SMITH
MTC’s senior management team includes (from left): Ernie Ferguson, VP of Sales; Dennis Rhodes, Chief Information Officer; Harry Halpert, Chairman; Peter Smith, Chief Financial Officer; and Brooks Royster, President.
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