Allied Electronics breaks ground on headquarters, distribution center


Fort Worth, TXAllied Electronics , a subsidiary of Electrocomponents PLC, broke ground on its new 365,000 sq ft headquarters and distribution center here on March 30, which will replace nearby rented space. The catalog distributor's new facility "will help accommodate the company's growth, as it expects to create an additional 300 jobs over the next several years."

"The beginning of our new facility is the result of several years of commitment by the Allied Team to make Allied Electronics the distributor of choice in America," says Lee Davidson, president of Allied Electronics. The facility and site provides room for growth, Davidson suggests. In total, it's about a $40 million investment on 40 acres.

The electronic components distributor expects its new facility to be completed as early as summer 2007. The Haskell Company , a leading U.S. integrated design-build firm, will handle the design and construction of the project. After reviewing a dozen potential suppliers for material handling equipment needs, Allied Electronics says it selected Knapp to supply the new warehouse management system, warehouse control system, and conveyor hardware for the new facility. Cost of automation was unavailable as of April 19.

Allied employs more than 600 employees at its corporate headquarters, distribution center, and at 56 U.S. and Canadian sales branches.

For a video of the ground breaking, click here .

—Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering
editor in chief,

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