Skidmore is excitedly looking to our future! Many projects that are key to our success are in full swing. These activities are vital to our long-term commitment to continue to provide the timely, accurate, and personalized service that Skidmore customers value. As mentioned in a previous newsletter, this past spring we completed an expansion of our primary distribution center in West Chester, Ohio, adding nearly an additional 100,000 square feet of new warehouse space to our facility. That was just the beginning.
Construction crews broke ground this month on the long-anticipated expansion of our corporate headquarters also in West Chester, Ohio. When completed, this expansion will double the current work-space for Skidmore’s functional departments, allowing for more team collaboration and new additions of key personnel within each of the departments. “Providing top-rate customer service and the highest quality food ingredients have made Skidmore a first choice distributor for more than 50 years. We are committed to the growth of our suppliers and customers. This investment in our future will allow us to grow with them, and it ensures that we will continue to provide the resources they need, even in the most challenging markets,” Jim McCarthy, Skidmore President, stated.
The momentum doesn’t end there! Crews are also putting the finishing touches on our expanded re-pack operations. This investment will create an enclosed GMP zone and provide nearly 50% more production capacity, and additional space for future expansion. Additionally, a centralized warehouse office is being constructed that will “enhance our food safety and defense programs while providing more opportunities for continued growth,” explained Mark Overbeck, Skidmore Vice President of Supply Chain.
To support the Customer First mindset that Skidmore team members are known for, we are also nearing our “Go Live Date,” for our new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. This system will support all departments within our infrastructure by providing access to key customer information with just a few keystrokes. “We’re implementing Sage X3 ERP offering us tremendous capacity and flexibility to meet service requirements. Enhanced document management features streamline our process for documentation requests which our customers will appreciate. Access to information from mobile devices will provide to our sales team instant access to online inventory, pricing, and account information from tablets and phones. ” added Jay Couzins, Skidmore Director of Business Intelligence.
We are excited to share the continued progress of these important projects and we are confident customers will begin to see the benefits in the coming months. If you would like to learn more about these endeavors, and how Skidmore can help your business grow, please contact your Skidmore representative.