$45 million dollar investment uses satellite technology to store and retrieve goods
Owensboro, Ky. (April 28, 2016) – The Glenmore Distillery has completed the construction of its 223,000 square foot revolutionary new distribution center, which uses satellite technology to store and retrieve pallets of finished goods. The Glenmore Distillery is one of the few spirits suppliers to use this system, called an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS).
The AS/RS occupies 136,836 square feet inside the distribution center and contains four storage and retrieval machines (or cranes) which operate in four aisles, serving storage lanes anywhere from one pallet to eight pallets deep, and storing pallets seven levels high. Each crane can induct/output 90 pallets of finished goods per hour or a total of 360 pallets moving within the system. The AS/RS contains 52 pallet staging lanes which can hold 416 total pallets. The system also contains an automated layer pick system, capable of moving 150 layers per hour. Storage capacity within the layer pick system is 255 SKU’s.
“We’re pleased our business has grown enough to support such a highly advanced distribution center,” said Chris Stout, plant general manager, The Glenmore Distillery. “We look forward to being able to serve our customers in a more efficient manner and being prepared for potential future growth.”
Gray Construction, a nationally ranked design-build contractor, was responsible for the design and construction of the distribution center and Westfalia Technologies, Inc., installed the AS/RS. To see a short video of the construction of the building and installation of the AS/RS click here: https://youtu.be/Q_SNuqA5Wlw
This $45 million investment is part of parent company Sazerac’s $71 million investment in the state of Kentucky at its three distilleries: the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort also added a new distribution center which opened last summer, and the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown added new equipment to improve production capacity in 2015. In addition to Sazerac’s $71 million investment, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) granted tax incentives totaling approximately $7.4 million between the three Sazerac sites.
A private grand opening was held for the new distribution center for media and invited guests.
About The Glenmore Distillery
The Glenmore Distillery has been a fixture in the Owensboro Community since the late 1800s. Originally called the Monarch Distillery, James Thompson re-named it The Glenmore Distillery after the Glenmore Castle near his birthplace in County Derry, Northern Ireland. During Prohibition, The Glenmore Distillery was fortunate enough to be one of four distilleries in the country allowed to operate on a limited scale for medicinal necessity.
Surviving tragedies such as flood and fire, the distillery went on to fill its two millionth barrel of whiskey in 1946. In 1973 it was producing 540 barrels a day. Although distilling operations ceased in 1973, bottling and warehousing continued at The Glenmore Distillery.
In March of 2009 the Sazerac Company purchased the Distillery and reprised the name The Glenmore Distillery. The Distillery boasts one of the largest and most modern bottling facilities in the country and continues to be a sizable employer in the city of Owensboro, KY. For more information visit www.sazerac.com.