CO: KeHE Expands Operations with New LEED-Certified Distribution Center
6 Sep, 2016
KeHE Distributors announced the opening of its first distribution center in Colorado. The new state-of-the-art 270,000 square-foot facility in Aurora, near Denver, joins KeHE’s network of 17 distribution centers that provide natural, organic and specialty products to natural food stores, grocery stores and other specialty retailers throughout North America.
“Our new site demonstrates our commitment to serving a geographically diverse customer base and employing innovative practices and sustainability measures that enhance our operations,” said Brandon Barnholt, president and CEO, KeHE. “It’s another exciting step in our journey as a Certified B Corp and as a trusted supplier to our customers.”
With LEED Gold certification, the facility employs energy-efficient practices throughout its operations, from water heaters and HVAC to sky lights and lighting controls. The new site also features LED lighting, recycled packaging material, and software devices to monitor electric usage. Nearly 80,000 square feet of freezer and cooler space accommodates an increasing range of fresh perimeter products and market demand.
KeHE celebrated the opening of the new facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours. KeHE’s leadership team was joined by business and community leaders, fellow KeHE employee-owners, vendor and broker partners, and local officials including Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan.
The festivities culminated with a “pick & pack” activity to help area families in need. Guests volunteered to pack 1,000 boxes of food to benefit Children’s Hunger Fund and Food Bank of the Rockies. Denver- based nonprofit Women’s Bean Project donated 1,000 packets of soup for the effort.
KeHE Distributors, LLC (KeHE) provides Natural & Organic and Specialty products to natural food stores, chain grocery stores, independent grocery stores and other specialty product retailers throughout North America. KeHE is the trusted B Corp Certified and employee-owned company with over 5,000 CareholdersTM in the U.S. and Canada. For more about KeHE, visit KeHE.com.