Distribution and logistics management is a critical function that keeps our economy in motion. Many distribution companies like Kraft Foods, Brown Distributing Company, Saddle Creek Logistics, Loveland Distributing, Lumber Liquidators, and Bizerba, an international equipment manufacturer and distributor, have selected Henrico County as their home.
So what makes Henrico a distribution hub? Perhaps it’s because businesses in Henrico can reach over 60% of the nation’s industrial base within one day.
By Road, Rail, Port or Air
Henrico County businesses enjoy faster travel times for shipments and lower operating costs because of its central location. (Henrico County is equidistant between Los Angeles and London and is the halfway point between Boston and Atlanta.)
The county’s first-class transportation infrastructure features I-95 and I-64, access to commercial and municipal airports, rail and port facilities, foreign trade zones, and overnight delivery hubs. No matter what a business needs for its logistics and distribution functions, Henrico County can deliver.
MULTI-INDUSTRY DISTRIBUTERS IN HENRICO COUNTY
Kraft Foods: Make Today Delicious™
If you’ve eaten a snack or visited a grocery store recently, chances are you’ve either enjoyed or seen a Kraft Foods product. The brand’s large Henrico County manufacturing and distribution center exclusively bakes Chunky Chips Ahoy! Cookies and Wheat Thins Sticks and then distributes them across the U.S. The economic impact of this facility is substantial. “When you figure in payroll, taxes, utilities, raw materials, and local goods and services, we estimate that our Richmond bakery makes an annual economic impact to the area of about $66 million,” says Joyce Hodel, associate director of corporate affairs at Kraft Foods.
Brown Distributing Offers Tasteful Delivery
Since 1919, Henrico-based Brown Distributing Company has grown into a beverage-distribution business with combined sales of more than 11 million cases annually, representing approximately 1,500 different products and serving more than 6,000 retailers.
In 2009, Brown acquired local craft beer distributor Legendary Distributing. This gave Brown the opportunity to fuel the budding Virginia craft beer craze –so popular now that Henrico County restaurant Mekong has held the top spot in the “Great American Beer Bar” contest two years in a row.
“Five years ago, we didn’t have anyone employed as a craft brew person. We now have three who sell nothing but our craft and specialty portfolio,” says Dave Sorokowski, director of sales at Brown Distributing Company. “Ultimately, our message is to support the local economy – and when you want a craft beer, why not choose a Virginia beer?”
Brown prides itself on being the distributor of choice in Virginia and Florida. The company website states: “Our focus as a family-owned organization is to have the best people, finest products and provide the highest customer service to our partners who make this all possible. We believe our people drive the organization and are the most important factor of our 90-year history.”
“Henrico County’s skilled workforce has provided a strong base for our continued growth,” notes Sorokowski.
Saddle Creek Logistic Services Keeps It Cool in Henrico
Based in Loveland, Fla., Saddle Creek Logistics Services is one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, according to Inc. magazine. The third-party logistics company provides warehousing, transportation, packaging and fulfillment services across its nationwide network of warehouse facilities.
The company’s motto is “Whatever It Takes!” and for this leading beverage manufacturer that means a dedicated 142,000 square foot cooler space in Henrico County. The Henrico facility, located at the Eastport Industrial Park, manages logistics for Grupo Bimbo, the largest Mexican-owned baking company, distributing products such as Arnold Premium Breads, Entenmann’s and Thomas’ English Muffins.
Loveland Distributing Company — Three Generations of Service to the Richmond Market
Named after its founder Louis Loveland, Loveland Distributing is run by the third generation descendants of Leon Stepanian Sr., who acquired Loveland in 1958. Since then, the beverage-distribution company has transformed its humble roots into a thriving business. Today, Loveland Distributing has approximately 100 employees and delivers its beverage products from a 200,000 square foot distribution center on Dabney Road. Within the Loveland trucks are beloved brands like Miller High Life, Corona and Sierra Nevada, as well as non-alcoholic and ready-to-drink beverages such as Red Bull and NESQUIK.
Lumber Liquidators Goes Big
Late this summer, Lumber Liquidators announced plans to build a new distribution center in Eastern Henrico’s White Oak Park. This new facility will allow the mega lumber company to consolidate the four buildings it currently leases in Hampton Roads into one large space near Virginia’s capital city.
“We’ve been looking at how to optimize our supply chain for several years,” says company spokesperson Ashleigh McDermott in a recent article.
After searching other locations in the area, the Toano-based company discovered a perfect one million square foot space in Henrico.
German-Based Bizerba Expands its Capabilities
Founded in 1866, Bizerba is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of retail scales, slicers, weigh price labeling equipment, checkweighers, industrial scales and software. In 2010, the German-based company moved its area service location to a new 25,000 plus square foot space near Richmond International Airport. The move increased the company’s warehousing capabilities, allowing it to better serve its North American customers. “This facility is home to a full engineering department, a full customer service team, and now we have an assembly department,” says John Richardson, service center operations manager for Bizerba North America. “We’re able to handle everything our North American customers need, from on-site integration visits and electrical, mechanical or software requests, to creating a whole new product.”