Safelite to Move East Coast Distribution Center to New Facility
in Georgia in September 2010
March 11, 2010
|Safelite's new East Coast
distribution in Braselton, Ga., is expected to open in September
Safelite® Group has announced that it will be moving its main
East Coast distribution center from Enfield, N.C., to a new 357,000-square-foot
facility in Braselton, Ga. The new distribution center is expected
to become operational in September, and will be its largest to date
(and parent company Belron's largest in the world).
The facility will support distribution to states east of the Mississippi
River. The new facility is 36 percent larger than the distribution
center in Enfield, allowing for storage of 250,000 windshields and
90,000 other vehicle glass parts, according to the company.
As a result of the move, Safelite will be restructuring the Enfield
distribution center, which is connected to its manufacturing plant.
The company says it will retain its manufacturing options there,
along 288 employees in that capacity, and the current distribution
center in Enfield will now serve as a warehouse, and some of the
distribution center employees will move to the manufacturing part
of the facility.
"We considered maintaining our East Coast distribution center
operations in Enfield, which are adjacent to the manufacturing plant,
but because of the inability for us to further expand in that location
we had to consider new options," says Tom Feeney, president
and chief executive officer of Safelite.
Safelite explored several options for the facility, according to
today's statement, and looked at various sites along I-85 between
Atlanta and Charlotte "in areas that would allow for more efficient
and lower-cost transport of manufactured glass to points east of
the Mississippi River."
The Enfield facility, from which the company's East Coast distribution
will move, originally was opened in 1970, and at the time was chosen
because it is located just off Route 301, once a main East Coast
thoroughfare. It also is centrally located exactly halfway between
New York and Florida. (CLICK
HERE for an inside look at the Enfield facility from the September/October
2009 issue of AGRR magazine.)
In recent years, Safelite has made efforts to make the Enfield
facility green-and the newest location in Georgia will follow suit.
According to the company's statement, it also was designed to meet
LEED certification requirements (a rating system for environmentally
Last year, the company opened a 282,000-square-foot distribution
center in Ontario, Calif., also designed to be environmentally friendly.
HERE for related story).
In 2010, Safelite officials say they plan to expand 12 more warehouses,
though details on the locations of these were not available at press
HERE for full text of press release.
HERE for an inside tour, including video footage, of the company's
recently opened West Coast distribution center.
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