to Open New Distribution Center in Ontario, Calif.
June 17, 2009
Safelite Auto Glass is opening a new, eco-friendly distribution
center in Ontario, Calif. The distribution center will be parent
company Belron's largest in the world, and will open officially
with a grand-opening event on July 15.
The new 282,000-square-foot distribution center will feature compact,
fluorescent T5 lighting; motion and daylight sensors; skylights
on 5 percent of the roof to allow for natural lighting; rechargeable,
energy-efficient electric forklift trucks; motion sensors in office
space that turn off lights when offices are empty; motion sensors
in bathrooms to conserve water; and corrugated cardboard and wood
pallet recycling. It will support the company's distribution to
the states west of the Mississippi River.
The company expects the facility to employ 35 initially and 90 total
as volume increases.
The facility will complement the company's main distribution center
in Enfield, N.C., which will now focus on distribution for the Eastern
portion of the United States. The Enfield facility will continue
to manufacture windshields for distribution throughout the country.
Safelite recently began making efforts at its Enfield facility as
well to become greener, and, for the last six months, has had a
packaging engineer on site to focus on this effort in the area of
"We're trying to reduce the [use of] Styrofoam," says
Rich Glover, assistant vice president of manufacturing and distribution.
The company now aims to use recyclable cardboard packaging and recycled
wooden crates and also has begun installing fluorescent T5 lighting
at the Enfield facility and employing motion sensors, so that lights
are activated as necessary to save energy, as they will be at the
Be sure to look to the July/August issue of AGRR for an in-depth
look at the Enfield facility.
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