Liebherr Construction Equipment Co. will open a new spare parts facility located in Visalia, Calif. The new depot is expected to begin operations in early 2015. The facility will support Western U.S. distribution with localized parts warehousing.
The Liebherr Group is also continuing an investment in building improvements, machinery, tools and infrastructure by expanding the factory and enhancing the warehouse facility at their Newport News, Va., location. These renovations are part of a $45.4 million investment announced earlier this year by Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News Co. The Newport News location serves as the headquarters and central warehouse for the Liebherr Mining Division and for four other operating Liebherr companies; Liebherr Construction Equipment Company among one them.
Major warehouse overhauls include: the implementation of a sophisticated Warehouse Management System (WMS) and range of process-improvement initiatives consisting of a new racking system adding additional locations and increased load-bearing capability; more than 100,000 square feet of new epoxy floor to facilitate the heavy traffic and movement of material; and eight additional loading docks to speed up traffic and help with the flow of trucks loading and unloading materials at the facility.
“The new WMS offers a multitude of functions that will optimize the overall logistics and support the daily operations of the facility. It will provide a transparent work flow and enhance the visibility of the activities at each of the warehouse terminals; from receiving through shipping, in addition to providing inventory accuracy,” said Martin Seitz, WMS project coordinator at Liebherr Mining Equipment Co.
In October, the Liebherr Group offered a glimpse into the progress of its new spare parts and logistics center in Kirchdorf, Germany. The new facility will begin operations in early 2015 and is expected to serve as its global logistics hub for earthmoving spare parts. The investment value for the first stage of construction is in excess of $143 million and covers an area in excess of 505,000 square feet. A large part of the investment has gone into implementing highly automated warehouse equipment and software. The new warehouse solutions will allow the group to handle higher volumes of spare parts, reduce turn-around times and guarantee order accuracy for Liebherr customers around the world.
“The opening of the new spare parts and logistics center in Germany along with the expansion and overhaul of our Newport News operations, and the opening of the parts depot in the western United States, is part of Liebherr’s ongoing commitment to better serve our customers not just throughout the world but also throughout the United States. This represents a significant step forward in our customer support” said Peter Mayr, president of Liebherr Construction Equipment Co., adding “We continue to invest in our operations to ensure we provide our dealer network and customers with the exceptional support they expect from Liebherr.”