Bellingham Cold Storage

Location: 
Bellingham, WA
Contact: 
Doug Thomas, CEO - 360.733.1640

It all started when...

During the cold war, after World War II, the Soviet Union developed a magnetic mine.  To counter this threat, the U.S. Navy needed minesweeping ships that would not be susceptible to the magnetic mines.  Bellingham Shipyards, owned by Archie Talbot, contracted with the Navy to build wooden minesweepers beginning in the 1940’s and ending in the early 1960’s.  As the shipyard work decreased and was ending, Mr. Talbot started the Bellingham Cold Storage Company at the shipyard property.  Mr. Talbot also began building fiberglass boats at this time, developing a business that was a pioneer in the boat building industry and became Uniflite, Inc.

Blythe had been contracted by Bellingham Shipyards to install all piping in the minesweepers.  Blythe installed piping in the Uniflite line of pleasure yachts, and also in the River Patrol Boats that Uniflite built for the Navy during the Vietnam conflict; and Blythe has installed the mechanical work in the many industrial buildings at the Bellingham Cold Storage complex.  For the entire 60 plus years of this valued relationship, Blythe has worked hard to meet the needs of this very important customer and to earn the privilege of serving Bellingham Cold Storage’s mechanical system requirements.

Bellingham Cold Storage