KeHE Distributors has opened its newest, LEED certified distribution facility in Portland, Oregon. This new state-of-the-art distribution center is an important addition to the company's expansion strategy and key to its growth plan in the Northwest region.

With over 100,000 square feet of refrigerated and 57,000 square feet of freezer space, the Portland facility has the capacity to serve KeHE's customers who increasingly demand product assortments in all three temperature zones.

"Sustainability is a top priority of ours as we build, stock and operate our facilities," said Gene Carter, chief operating officer, KeHE. "We are designing our new facilities from the ground up, which allows us to focus on the environment and our people as well."

The Portland distribution center will be highly-efficient; estimates are 100 tons of cardboard will be recycled annually and more than thirty tons of petroleum will be saved by recycling plastic. In addition, the entire facility will utilize motion-operated LED lighting.

As KeHE expands its national network of distribution centers, proximity has been optimized. Service-levels to customers will continue to improve and carbon footprint reduced.  

"We are excited about our new facility. It strategically aligns with our long-term growth strategy and demonstrates our commitment to our increased customer base on the West Coast. Our customers continue to receive the benefits of our growing, national organization," said Mike Leone, chief commercial officer, KeHE.

KeHE's vendor community has also taken notice, as they are experiencing more efficient shipping and points of distribution. The distribution centers are larger and carry a wider assortment of products. These synergies and expertise within vendor management have helped improve fill rates.