Monday, January 11, 2010

New project profile: Solano County’s Meyer Corp. automated storage and retrieval system

New project profile: Solano County’s Meyer Corp. automated storage and retrieval system
Posted By Jeff Quackenbush, Business Journal Staff Reporter On January 11, 2010 @ 4:40 am In Construction, Featured List, Industry News, Position | No Comments
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Installation of wall panels around the 11 million pounds of steel racking in Meyer Corp.'s new automated warehouse in Fairfield. (Meyer Corp. photos)
Meyer Corp. automated storage and retrieval system building
2001 Meyer Way, Fairfield
Owner: Meyer Corp., Vallejo
Project manager: Danae Gemmell, Gemmell Consulting, Vallejo
Description: 165,000-square-foot addition to an existing 363,400-square-foot distribution warehouse
Estimated completion: February 2010
Contractors: general – Carmichael Construction, Carmichael; automation – Daifuku America, Salt Lake City; rack manufacturing and installation –Frazier Industrial, Long Valley, N.J.
Architecture: structure – Comstock Johnson Architects, Mather; landscape – MTW Group, Sacramento
Engineering: civil – Creegan & D’Angelo, Fairfield; structural – Bevier Structural Engineering, Sacramento; electrical – Norberg Engineering, El Dorado Hills; soils and materials – Kleinfelder, Sacramento
An artist rendering of Meyer Corp.'s new automated warehouse in Fairfield.
With steel racking 11 stories tall and weighing 11 million pounds, the automated warehouse Vallejo-based Meyer Corp. U.S. is completing at its Fairfield distribution facilities is one of the tallest buildings in Solano County.
When completed next month as anticipated, the 100-foot-high building will be able to accommodate 66,000 pallets of kitchenware produced by the Hong Kong-based parent, Meyer Manufacturing Co. Ltd. A dozen fully automated cranes are designed to move 60 pallets an hour.
It’s thought to be the largest automated warehouse in the western U.S., according to the Solano Economic Development Corp.
Such heavy-duty racking to allow such high stacking and robotic pallet handling allowed the building to occupy a much smaller footprint, according to spokeswoman Cathleen Mandigo.
“The equivalent number of pallets in a flat traditional warehouse would have taken up 750,000 square feet,” she said.
The racking segments measure 10 feet deep by 60 feet long by 100 feet high and needed to be installed on the reinforced concrete slab before the walls were attached. The slab called for 11,000 cubic yards of concrete, poured 30 truckloads per evening from three concrete plants.
The project included reclaimed materials, including 80,000 pounds of asphalt ripped up during the repaving of nearby Interstate 80 and 80 percent recycled steel in the racking.
Meyer recently had a 485 kilowatt-hour per year photovoltaic power system installed on the existing 364,000-square-foot warehouse, and the new facility is designed to accommodate more panels.
The company has about 600,000 square feet of warehouses and offices in three Fairfield locations, with plans to build more offices and facilities on another 20 acres of land.
Meyer acquired the land in 1997 and started construction on the addition in April 2009.
Rails inside the warehouse
Meyer Corp.'s new automated warehouse can be seen on the left side of the existing distribution center at the top of this aerial photo.
The parent company started in 1951 to make flashlights, ashtrays and other consumer products then transitioned to cookware in 1971, when Chief Executive Officer Stanley Cheng joined the business. The distribution company relocated to California in the early 1990s.
According to Meyer, it is the second largest cookware manufacturer in the world, producing more than 30 million pans annually in global markets. The company has plants in Italy, Thailand and China. Brands include Circulon, Anolon, Farberware, KitchenAid Cookware, BonJour and SilverStone. Meyer also makes private-label cookware for retailers such as Sur La Table and celebrity chefs like Rachael Ray and Paula Deen.
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