The Anderson factory has applied for LEED certification, meaning the facility meets a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction as determined by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It also has improved recyclability of resin packaging, a wastewater recovery system for reuse in cooling towers and uses low-emission natural gas boilers.
» Gordon Food Service To Build Automated Facility
Gordon Food Service, a Grand Rapids, MI-based broadline foodservice distributor, has awarded a multi-million dollar contract to FKI Logistex, St. Louis, for an automated material handling system.
FKI will provide the system for the new GFS regional multi-temperature distribution center (DC) in Kenosha, WI. This is the second FKI Logistex system installation for GFS since completion of the Shepherdsville, KY distribution center in 2003.
The Kenosha DC was designed to provide enhanced service to regional customers while cutting transportation distance and costs. The 480,000-square-foot facility is the largest GFS facility in the region and will include five pick modules, multiple slapper lines, a turnkey conveyor system and a UniSort XV sliding shoe sorter.
The system, which boasts over 30,000 feet of conveyor, relies heavily on FKI Logistex software and controls to maximize throughput while maintaining segregation of temperature zones and a strict order stop sequence for loading shipments.
“We chose to work with FKI Logistex based on our existing partnership and the success of the system installed in our Shepherdsville, Kentucky distribution center,” says Kirk Mortenson for GFS. “For this new installation, FKI Logistex is working closely with us to design a system that successfully meets our unique business needs.”
GFS specializes in direct-to-customer deliveries, which include a combination of smaller orders and larger multiple mixed pallets loads. This unique business model called for a customized DC, which was developed in partnership with the FKI Logistex Solutions Development Group. Development advisors worked closely with GFS on planning, design and simulation to create a personalized system to handle the company’s freezer, grocery and warehousing needs.
Construction on the DC began in June 2008 and FKI Logistex will begin the system installation in spring 2009. The Kenosha DC is scheduled to open in early 2010.