Menards Cross-Dock Distribution Center
Eau Claire, Wisconsin-based national home-improvement retailer Menards recently completed construction of a new cross-dock distribution center adjacent to the company’s Midwest manufacturing plant near Shell Rock, Iowa, in Butler County. According to Jeff Kolb, executive director for Butler-Grundy Development Alliance, the $4.2 million project is expected to create nearly 40 new jobs for the area. Butler County officials approved a five-year 50 percent property tax rebate as part of the incentive package for the project.
“The one thing that came out of this is the importance of the working relationship we have with Menards at a corporate level,” Kolb said of the negotiations. “When [Menards is] expanding, the first thing they look at is where they have existing facilities. They could have looked at other sites for this project, and I’m sure they did.”
“Our willingness to work with the company on various aspects laid a solid foundation to be considered for future expansions,” Kolb explained.
The cross-dock distribution center receives products from other manufacturing facilities on one side of the center and loads those items onto outbound trucks, in addition to products manufactured on-site at the adjacent concrete products plant, and reroutes those products to their stores on the other side of the building. There is minimal warehouse space needed as product comes and goes in a very short amount of time. “The example the company representative used was ‘a semi load of washing machines may come in on one side, and all of those may go onto 20 different semis on the other side,’” Kolb explained.
“Company officials commented many times about the ease of getting the construction permits, utility services, and the financial assistance package finalized with few headaches,” Kolb concluded.
A family-owned company started in 1958, Menards® is headquartered in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and has more than 300 home improvement stores located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.