Saint-Gobain Breaks Ground on National Distribution Center

Saint-Gobain Containers, Inc., a producer of glass packaging began construction on a 1,020,000 square-foot distribution center in Fairfield, Calif. The center will serve the bottling and distribution needs of the California container markets.

“This new facility further demonstrates our strong commitment to our California wine market customers, and will enable us to enhance our customer service and distribution in this important market segment,” said John Haack, senior vice president, sales and marketing for Saint-Gobain Containers.

Saint-Gobain selected Lauth Construction as the general contractor for the distribution center. The new facility will have a clear height of 32 feet with 64 docks set up in a cross dock configuration. The building will be 1,700 ft. long by 600 ft. wide and will include a 10,000 sq. ft. office.

“The improved technology and systems going into this state-of-the-art facility will provide a strategic platform that is unique in its type and magnitude within the American glass container industry,” said David Bolander, Saint-Gobain Containers’ Vice President, Product Planning. “We’ve enjoyed an excellent 10-year relationship with the City of Fairfield and the surrounding communities, and we look forward to better serving our customers from this new location for many years.”

“I am very pleased that Saint-Gobain Containers is constructing such an important employment center in the City of Fairfield ,” said Harry T. Price, vice-mayor of Fairfield.

According to Mike Jones, Senior Vice President, Office and Industrial at Lauth, “This is one of the largest build-to-suit transactions in the United States and we are pleased to be a part of such a significant project. Our design and construction expertise will streamline the entire delivery process for Saint-Gobain Containers.”

Headquartered in Muncie , Ind., Saint-Gobain Containers is the second-largest glass container manufacturer in the United States with 16 factories. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, an international industrial group based in Paris, France.

Source: Lauth Construction, Saint-Gobain Containers.

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