Freezer Warehouse

About Minnesota
Freezer Warehouse

Temperature-Controlled Supply Chain Warehouse

Minnesota Freezer Warehouse Company is a family-owned provider of comprehensive climate-controlled storage for customers ranging from local farmers to Fortune 500 companies. We’re committed to providing quality temperature-controlled supply chains with warehouse storage for global food products. Since our foundational start in 1919, MFWC has worked to uphold the highest international industrial standards for freezer, refrigerated, and dry warehouse storage. Because of our long history in temperature-controlled warehousing, our strong partnerships today, and our dedicated, hardworking team, MFWC is able to offer full service public supply chain warehouse solutions for customers worldwide.

The Story of MFWC

MFWC traces its beginnings back to the early 1900s. In 1915, F.D. Newell began offering cold storage services to the customers of De Soto Creamery & Produce Co. with a brand-new warehouse space. Within four years, the Newell family storage services were so successful, they were able file for and receive a Cold Storage Warehouse License #1 through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

As Minneapolis Cold Storage Co., the company continued to operate into the early 1960s when F.D. Newell Jr. established warehouses in Albert Lea and Worthington to provide cold storage to beef and pork producers in the region. When the Minneapolis Department of Parks and Recreation took over the Minneapolis Cold Storage building in 1978 to redevelop Nicollet Island into a greener space along the Mississippi River, the Newell family consolidated the company warehouses into one corporation reestablished as the Minnesota Freezer Warehouse Company.

In 1992, MFWC was in the process of extending services with the development of a new facility in Austin, MN. In addition to the construction of this multipurpose cold storage warehouse, MFWC founded the F.D. Newell Jr. Memorial Scholarship to honor the passing of F.D. Newell Jr. In 2014, the Newell family’s fourth generation began management of MFWC.

MFWC Today: Offering Expert Supply Chain Warehouse Storage

Today, MFWC now offers supply chain warehouse storage in Albert Lea and Austin. Between both warehouses, we are able to store products in over 5 million cubic feet with more than 39,000 pallet positions. Both MN SHARP approved facilities offer export services, cooler storage, dry storage, and cross docking. Together, we handle over 150 million pounds of refrigerated, frozen, and dry goods each year.

MFWC will be recognizing 100 years of continuous warehouse services to their valued customers in 2019.  MFWC will also be adding warehouse distribution services through the acquisition of an additional property located Albert Lea, Minnesota with convenient access to I35 and I90.

Our Reputation; Your Brand

When you partner with MFWC, you can trust that our focused and educated team will manage your goods with attentiveness that is helped along in our own partnership with Tallyworks WMS. Tallyworks systems provide by-the-minute, accurate product records even before they reach our warehouses. These customizable digital inventories virtually eliminate human error in the storage management process.

In addition to our partnership with Tallyworks, MFWC works with Agility Recovery so that you can trust our warehouses to have reliable power sources providing the security and temperature stability your products need to maintain quality and meet food safety standards.

MFWC has been a continuous participant with MNSHARP consultation for 14 years at the Albert Lea and Austin, Minnesota warehouses.

To learn more about our supply chain warehouse capabilities or to get started with us today, contact MFWC at (507) 373-1477 or email us at


Albert Lea
820 E. 13th Street
PO Box 86
Albert Lea, MN 56007-0086

PHONE: 507-373-1477
TOLL FREE: 844-373-1477
FAX: 507-373-2174

1907 14th Street N.E.
P.O. Box 475
Austin, Minnesota 55912-0475

PHONE: 507-437-1982
FAX: 507-437-1892