Husqvarna Group held a groundbreaking ceremony November 8 in Nashville, Ark., marking the beginning of a new 350,300 sq. ft. distribution center and materials warehouse facility. The new facility is projected to be fully operational by the end of 2018.
Serving primarily as warehouse, staging, and storage, the new facility is located adjacent the current manufacturing facilities in Nashville where chain saws, trimmers, blowers, pole saws, and hedge trimmers are made for the Husqvarna, Poulan Pro, Jonsered, McCulloch and Weed Eater brands.
The new distribution center will significantly impact operational efficiencies by localizing distribution operations and automating the transfer of finished product from the assembly line to the warehouse. The investment includes an adjacent four-acre site to be used as a trailer court. Once the new facility is operational, the company’s manufacturing, warehousing and distribution footprint in Nashville will exceed 874,000 sq. ft.
“We’re always looking for ways to better serve our customers in an increasingly competitive market, and this new state-of-the-art facility will help us improve our product/cost value position by optimizing warehousing and distribution,” said Jim Moore, Vice President and General Manager of Sourcing, Operations, and Supply Chain for Husqvarna Group’s Consumer Brands Division.
The groundbreaking event coincided with a “flip-the-switch” event for the company’s new solar power generating facility at its injection molding plant nearby.