FAIRFIELD, Calif.–Touted as the first of its kind in the housewares industry, Meyer’s new Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems building was unveiled last week in a special ceremony here, which included California Congressman John Garamendi. With a vertical rather than a traditional flat design, the building will house 66,000 pallets of kitchen products—or about 13 million pieces of cookware—as well as reduce lead times and operate around the clock.
“We outgrew the traditional warehouse,” said Stanley Cheng, Meyer’s chief executive officer.
The building, at 165,000 square feet, has a much smaller footprint than a traditional facility, according to Meyer execs. So the facility saved open land space, as well as incorporated 30,000 tons of recycled and reclaimed pavement and 8.8 million pounds of reclaimed and recycled steel. Execs said that one day it may also have a solar panel system installed as well, similar to the company’s Vallejo, Calif., office building.
Meyer already sells one out of every three cookware pieces, Cheng said, and “with this facility, Meyer will continue to grow in the U.S. We’re already the largest cookware manufacturer in the U.S., and there’s a chance we will become the world’s largest one day.”