VALLEJO, Calif.–Meyer Corp. U.S. will officially open its new Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems building on the 59-acre campus of its main distribution center in Fairfield, Calif., on Thursday.
Measuring 165,000 square feet and standing 100 feet tall, the building is designed to significantly reduce lead time on shipping to retailers. It will house 66,000 pallets of kitchen products, as well as use 12 cranes that can handle 60 pallets an hour.
In keeping with Meyer’s eco-minded business practices, the new facility incorporated 30,000 tons of recycled and reclaimed pavements, and 80 percent of the 11 million pounds of the site’s steel racking was fabricated with reclaimed and recycled steel.
In addition, because the facility uses a vertical design, the company was able to save 585,000 square feet of open land space, as a flat traditional warehouse with an equivalent number of pallets would have required 750,000 square feet, the company said.
“Our new AS/RS facility, which is one of the largest in the state of California, represents a major milestone in the company’s history, and a huge leap forward in addressing both current and future warehousing and shipping needs for our retail customers,” said Jay Zilinskas, managing director. “This remarkably designed, state-of-the-art building doubles the speed and volume of our shipping capabilities, and significantly enhances our efficiencies by allowing us to warehouse all of our cookware brands under one roof.”