Delta unveils distribution, finishing expansion

Citing an increased number of new products and higher production, Delta Faucet Co. has finalized plans to build a new central distribution center in Jackson, Tenn., at its existing manufacturing plant. Concurrently, work will begin at the plant in Greensburg, Ind. on an expansion designed to enhance finishing capabilities. Location was a key factor in deciding where both facilities would be built.

“Space is becoming an issue at our plant warehouses due to the growth of our business,” said Delta President John Wills. “Though it’s not critical right now, we recognize the need for ongoing improvements in how we manage our distribution.”

At approximately 250,000 square feet, the distribution center will provide for future growth in both overall volume and number of new products. It will also provide space to allow for the shipping of related products, such as bath accessories, from sister companies. It will not affect operations in Greensburg or Chickasha. The existing plant warehouses at both locations will support the new distribution center by continuing to ship regionally.

Groundbreaking for the new center is scheduled for this summer. A mixture of current employees and new hires will staff the facility. It is scheduled to be fully operational by next summer.

About the same time, construction will commence on a 27,000-square-foot finishing facility to augment Delta’s 477,000-square-foot plant in Greensburg. This addition will serve two purposes. It will allow for increased production of the Brilliance line, as well as Delta’s other lifetime finish lines. Plus, it will serve as a finishing development center for the creation and production of unique new finishes.

The Greensburg plant was opened in 1959. Equipment and processes there have been continually updated and expanded to keep it current with the latest manufacturing technologies. The target date for completion of the new facility is April 2003.

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