Valero Opens Texas DC

May 1, 2005
Valero Energy Corp. (San Antonio) recently opened a new 132,000-sq. ft. distribution northeast of San Antonio. The facility, which has 2.6 million cubic feet of storage space, will supply 600 of Valero’s Diamond Shamrock stores in Texas.

"The 200 jobs the distribution center created were certainly well-received. We had more than 5,000 applications. And we were able to hire truly outstanding new employees," said Valero chairman and CEO Bill Greehey at the opening ceremony.

The facility includes refrigerated and dry-storage space, and a chilled dock for receiving and shipping dock perishable products. It uses radio-frequency technology and a pick-to-light system.

"During a typical day at the center, RDC employees process several hundred store orders for approximately 100,000 units of merchandise," said Mike Walsh, Core-Mark president and CEO. "The orders are filled that night from our inventory; loaded in stop-order sequence on our fleet of more than 30 tri-temperature trailers; and then delivered to the stores." With annual sales of $55 billion, Valero owns and operates 15 North American refineries, and 4,700 retail stores.