Facility Focus: DC Developments

April 1, 2009
Facilities are breaking ground for new business.

Building for Beverage Manufacturing and Distribution
The Dr Pepper Snapple Group has purchased 53 acres of land from Stirling Capital Investments. In Victorville, Calif., the land is part of the Southern California Logistics Centre (SCLC).

The beverage manufacturer plans to develop an 850,000-square foot, $120 million production and distribution center on the site. The facility will produce 40 million cases of beverages anexperinually. In addition to Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, the company’s portfolio includes 7UP, Mott’s, Sunkist soda, and A&W, among others.

Construction is slated for completion in Spring 2010. The facility will consist of 550,000 square feet of warehouse space and a 300,000-square foot manufacturing plant with up to six manufacturing lines.

Outlining reasons for the selection, Larry Young, president and CEO of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, says, “SCLC offers an ideal location, allowing us to more efficiently distribute our products to customers in California and parts of the Southwest. In addition, the combination of the City of Victorville’s cooperation and the state-of-the-art infrastructure available at SCLC made this location decision easy.”

SCLC is master planned for 60 million square feet of commercial and industrial development and is in the early stage of delivering the 6.5 millionsquare foot first phase, which includes the land sold to Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Approximately two million square feet have been constructed to date. CB Richard Ellis is responsible for marketing SCLC on behalf of Stirling Capital Investments.

Among other facilities already located at Victorville is Newell Rubbermaid. It is a 407,612-square foot bulk distribution facility. Serving as the corporate distribution center, Newell Rubbermaid houses imported goods from Asia that it redistributes throughout the U.S. Within the facility are operations for the company’s Graco unit, which manufactures infant and juvenile products. “SCLC is a proven strategic corporate location,” says Brian Parno, Stirling Capital Investment vice president. “It is a place where America’s top companies, such as Dr Pepper Snapple Group, are investing and locating. SCLC is comprised of 2,500 acres for commercial and industrial development, providing abundant land opportunities for future corporate expansion.”

Crossdock Facility Open for Business
BLT’s new 30,000-square foot distribution, warehousing and logistics facility in Jacksonville, Fla., is now fully operational.

“The company, which is situated near the Jacksonville Port Authority Blount Island facilities, as well as the new TraPac Terminal for Mitsui OSK, is well situated to handle the full range of shipping and transport needs, from the point of manufacturing to final delivery of goods,” says Ryan Mouritzen, vice president of BLT USA. “BLT’s experinually ence with crossdocking, packing and unpacking, warehousing and project cargo services are now available locally, with the added features of a four-acre, on-site secure storage yard for full and empty container storage. There is 24/7 camera surveillance and high-intensity lighting for secure storage.”

BLT uses crossdocking equipment to unload containers from incoming trucks and then immediately load the containers on outbound trailers. The operation requires little or no storage. BLT’s facility is able to handle the large staging areas required for sorting, consolidating and storing materials until the outbound shipment is complete and ready to ship. This crossdock service streamlines the flow between suppliers and manufacturers.

BLT’s facility has storage for bulk materials and palletized cargo. The company offers a pick-and-pack service, where commissioned goods are taken out of stock and packed for transport.

The San Antonio East Kelly facility

Another service is the handling of project cargo, where goods for specific projects are stored and transported for customers.

Texas Warehouse Space Available
The new East Kelly Railport is a 275,000-square foot bulk distribution building. The location sits at the center of a railway intersection that services the NAFTA Corridor from Mexico to Canada, as well as the East and West Coasts of the U.S.

Port San Antonio is a master-planned, 1,900-acre aerospace, industrial complex and international logistics platform, centrally located in San Antonio, Texas. Created from the former Kelly Air Force Base, Port San Antonio is approximately equidistant from the East and West Coasts of the U.S. The entire development is designated as a Foreign Trade Zone.

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