GE Appliances (GEA) has announced the opening of its brand new West Coast area distribution center (ADC) in Dixon, California. The new addition will help ease supply chain issues and will reduce delivery times by 50% for customers in northern California, southern Oregon, and western Nevada, and will also allow for next day delivery.
The LEED®-certified warehouse also houses GEA Air & Water Solutions’ newest training facility where distributors and professional contractors can learn about the latest HVAC technology developments including high-efficiency ductless systems and how to install these and other HVAC products that will reduce homeowners’ energy costs.
“Strengthening relationships with our customers is at the forefront of our decision-making at GE Appliances,” said Marcia Brey, vice president of distribution at GEA. “We’re excited to be able to better serve them with this new facility, which will allow us to reach local customers in half the time while supporting operational efficiency and our sustainability goals.”
Commitment to Operational Sustainability
GEA is committed to maximizing operational efficiency and reducing environmental impact throughout the company’s operations. The Dixon ADC features energy- and water-saving measures including:
- Sustainable bioswales around the exterior of the warehouse in lieu of traditional storm sewers. Bioswales help filter storm run-off and recharge ground water.
- A fleet of fully electric, lithium-powered forklifts. The site’s reliance on lithium batteries reduces wastewater and safety hazards associated with changing traditional batteries for machinery as well as saves time.
- LED light fixtures were installed, reducing the number of fixtures necessary to light the space and saving energy.
Training the Next Generation of Technicians
The Dixon site is also home to a new technician training center for the management and installation of high-efficiency ductless and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) HVAC systems. A more energy efficient solution, these systems provide temperature control for individual rooms rather than forcing air through an entire home or commercial building. Ductless and VRF systems are not currently included in traditional trade school HVAC curriculum, leaving a knowledge gap for skilled technicians.
“The Dixon hub is a major asset to our growing Air & Water business, and this training center emphasizes our commitment to providing contractors and distributors with more efficient and sustainable solutions,” said Jim Skaggs, executive director for GEA’s Air & Water Solutions. “The opening of the training center will help bridge the skills gap we’re facing in the HVAC and manufacturing industry where these newer, more sustainable technologies are not even a part of the curriculum. The training center will serve as a knowledge hub to provide contractors the in-depth education and training they need to deliver GEA quality to customers.”
Other Air & Water training facilities are in Louisville, KY; Dallas, TX; and Camden, SC.
The Dixon ADC employs 50 people. Dart Logistics Services, a third-party logistics company, operates the warehouse under an agreement with and on behalf of GE Appliances. The building is owned by Scannell Properties, a privately owned real estate development company that develops projects throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. The building was designed and built by ARCO National Construction, a leader in the design-build industry with offices in 31 major markets nationwide.