Lowe's Companies, Inc. (Mooresville, N.C.), the $43-billion home improvement retailer, announced plans to build a new flatbed distribution center in Henderson, Colo. The company will retrofit an existing facility, spending $10 to $15 million on land, construction and equipment. The flatbed center will receive rail and truck shipments of lumber and building materials from suppliers. Products will then be quickly loaded as customized orders on flatbed trucks destined for 45 Lowe's stores in the West.
The 200,000-sq. ft. facility is situated on a 19-acre site. Construction has begun and the facility is expected to begin shipping in July 2006. It will initially employ 35 people.
"Our flatbed distribution centers play a vital role in Lowe's state-of- the-art distribution network, keeping Lowe's stores supplied with the products our customers want, when they need them and at everyday low prices," said Mike Mabry, Lowe's executive vice president of logistics and distribution. "The ability to refurbish an existing facility to meet our needs, geographic proximity to our growing store base in the West, outstanding workforce and support for the project at local level made this location a win-win solution."
Source: Lowe's Companies, Inc.