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Yakima Area Remains the Place for Ace Hardware Distribution Center

Published on 2005-03-07. Author : SpecialChem

OAK BROOK, ILL. -- Ace Hardware Corp. has announced plans to build a new, massive regional distribution center near East Valley High School, off of Beaudry Road in Moxee, Wash., just 10 miles from its existing distribution facility in Yakima.

The new state-of-the-art Ace retail support center (RSC) will encompass 788,000 square feet, and be expandable to 1.2 million square feet at a later date. Agreements to finalize the 74-acre site were finalized.

"Ace's 506,500-square-foot Yakima RSC, which opened in 1984, has been operating at maximum capacity for some time," said Bill Bauman, Ace Hardware vice president, retail support. "Building a new and significantly larger facility is critical in order for Ace to respond to growing retail sales and to serve the increasing number of Ace retailers in the region, which enables them to continue to provide optimum service to their customers.

"We decided to locate the retail support center in Moxee because the site is ideal for an 800,000 square-foot facility, has good infrastructure and utilities in place, and is easily accessible from Highway 24 and Interstate 82," Bauman added.

Construction will start this month. Initial operations are expected to begin in early 2006, at which time Ace's current center in Yakima will cease operations.

"It's extremely gratifying to continue operating an Ace retail support center in the greater Yakima area, where we have benefited for many years from an outstanding work force and broad community support," Bauman said. "We expect that our existing workforce of more than 300 employees will eventually work at our new Moxee facility, just 10 miles from our current center. This will ease disruption for them as well as for our retailers.

"Our decision also means Ace will continue to contribute greatly to the area's economy," added Bauman. "We all appreciate the support we received from the Yakima County Economic Development Association in helping us throughout the process."

The new facility will serve an estimated 400 Ace retailers throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Ace RSCs receive and warehouse shipments of products from thousands of manufacturers. The products are sorted to fill customized orders received from retailers and then shipped to those stores.

Upon completion, the new RSC will cover an area as large as 16 football fields. It will feature the latest in warehousing and distribution technology and house 90 dock doors and an estimated $40 million in inventory. The facility will be in operation seven days a week, 362 days a year.

Ace Hardware Corp. is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the industry. Annual retail sales for Ace's 4,800 independently-owned and -operated hardware, home center and lumber and building materials locations top $13 billion. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace currently operates 15 distribution centers in the United States and its retailers' stores are located in all 50 states and in 70 countries.

Source: Ace Hardware Corp.

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