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DBL Expanding Warehouse Space Through Ingram

5/05/2008 02:00:00 AM Eastern

DBL Distributing is transferring its warehouse operations to two larger facilities of parent Ingram Micro this summer.

The move will increase the company's available warehousing space five-fold to 500,000 square feet, improve its fill rate and reduce shipping costs, president Henry Chiarelli told TWICE.

DBL's current warehouse, located here at company headquarters, will continue to operate in a reduced capacity, serving local custom installers with 5,000 SKUs of will-call inventory.

About 200 of DBL's 500 employees will be laid off as a result of the move, although workers can reapply for other positions at the distributor and Ingram Micro.

DBL's new warehousing space will be located within existing Ingram Micro facilities in Mira Loma, Calif., and Jonestown, Pa. The Pennsylvania operation will be up and running by the end of June and the California facility will be open by the end of August, with minimal disruption to customers, Chiarelli said.

The move was prompted by a rapid ramp-up in DBL's growth following its acquisition by Ingram Micro last June for about $96 million. Chiarelli said DBL now carries 539 separate product lines and some 21,000 SKUs.

What's more, the new Pennsylvania presence will cut ship times to East Coast customers from four to five days, to one to two days, Chiarelli said.