Nor-Am opened its’ doors in 1999, but our love affair with cold storage goes back to the early 1980’s. Our founder, Greg Brandt, was in his early 20’s with a young wife and three very young kids. Farming was slow in the winter, so he took a night job working on the dock in a cold storage to help make ends meet. It was supposed to last six months or less, nice try. By the time fall harvest was done, he had moved to a supervisor position and had officially caught the cold storage bug. Greg worked his way up from being a seasonal dock worker to owning his own cold storage. He saw the good, the bad, and the ugly at every step of the way. This experience is what drives us to treat our employees like family and our customers like partners.
A Family Focus
Fast forward to the mid-90’s, after several promotions and moving to a new company, Greg found himself suddenly unemployed. For the next two years Greg and his wife, Janna, spent their evenings at their family dinner table dreaming, planning and eventually creating, Nor-Am Cold Storage. Nearly 20 years later, they still have the same dinner table and they still have the same focus on creating a family environment with a simple structure. The ability to provide for their family while doing what they loved was at the heart of opening Nor-Am, it’s an opportunity that we strive to provide for our employees every day.
A Bright Future
On March 1, 1999, Nor-Am opened with 12 employees and one building. Greg was the only member of the family working for Nor-Am full time. Today, Nor-Am has almost 300 employees, in four states, and 10 buildings. Greg and Janna lead the company as CEO and CFO. The second generation has joined them in the business and we are confident that our family focused culture and our core policy ‘Do what you say you’re going to do’ will grow with us for years to come.