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Skolnik Breaks Ground on Facility Improvements and Expansion

October 13th, 2010 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Cool Stuff

On Monday, October 11th, 2010, we broke ground on the first of a multi-phased plan to improve our flow of production, warehouse operations and receiving and shipping facilities. In conjunction with the City of Chicago’s Small Business Improvement Fund, we have received a grant that will partially cover the expense to make these improvements. Phase 1 will include the construction of 3 new loading docks at our Receiving Warehouse. The addition of these docks will greatly increase the speed and ease of incoming raw material deliveries. In Phase 1, we also will be leasing additional warehouse space that will be used for inventory of our distribution and shipping products. Plans are for Phase 1 to be completed by the end of November. Phase 2 will include the extension and complete dedication of our internal docks for shipping. Until now, both shipping and receiving were from this single location. With regard to increasing our production capabilities, we will be opening up more manufacturing space to finishing, packing and shipping. We expect Phase 2 to be completed by New Years. The goal is increased production capacity, reduced manufacturing stress, reduced lead times and increasing our (already high) on-time shipping performance. It’s all good!

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