Safelite Opens Braselton, Ga., Facility; Expects New Distribution Center to Process Three Million Units of Glass in 2011
September 8, 2010

Safelite’s new East Coast distribution facility in Braselton, Ga., is now open. The company recently moved its distribution operation from Enfield, N.C., where its manufacturing business is located, into a 357,000-square-foot facility, which company officials anticipate will process approximately 3 million units of glass in 2011.

The Braselton facility expands the company’s capacity by 36 percent, allowing for storage of 350,000 windshields and 90,000 other vehicle glass parts, according to Safelite. It is parent company Belron’s largest in the world, topping even the Ontario, Calif., location, which was opened in July 2009 and is 280,000 square feet. It currently employs 77, though the company expects that number to grow to 120 eventually.

Safelite spokesperson Melina Metzger says the center expects to be fully operational by mid-October.

“Our Enfield distribution center customers are in the process of being seamlessly transitioned to Braselton … ” adds Metzger. “Our internal supply chain processes and our customer order processes remain unchanged.”

The company currently is working to restructure the former distribution space in Enfield to operate as a warehouse. And manufacturing will remain unchanged, Metzger says.

“There are no current plants to move manufacturing from Enfield,” she says.

Much like the Ontario facility and recent investments at Enfield, Safelite has attempted to incorporate several environmentally friendly design elements into the facilty and has applied for certification by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy& Environmental Design (LEED) facility.

Among the facility’s environmentally friendly aspects are the following:

  • Energy Star® qualified equipment for more than 90 percent of all appliances, office equipment and electronics;
  • Banned use of any CFC-based refrigerants in heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems to reduce stratospheric ozone depletion; and
  • Occupancy sensors on more than 75 percent of the lighting fixtures used.

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