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Great Bay Distributors Completes St. Petersburg Distributorship

Great Bay Distributors Completes St. Petersburg Distributorship

Great Bay Distributors Completes St. Petersburg Distributorship


ARCO Beverage Group recently completed construction of a 267,787 square foot beverage distribution facility and office for Great Bay Distributors. Located in St. Petersburg, Florida, the building is home to a 1.5 Megawatt Solar System, the largest privately owned rooftop solar system in the state. This $2.6 million system will reduce the company’s electric costs by as much as 40%, and is predicted to cut carbon dioxide emissions by over 43,000 tons. As the new headquarters, the distributorship also comes equipped with an outstanding hospitality room, sign shop, maintenance building, truck wash area, and fuel island.

When ARCO began conceptual design, the owners had yet to decide on the look of the front entry for their new building. After a visit to the ARCO headquarters, they chose to emulate the two-story glass front façade. This insulated tilt-up concrete structure also includes a 143,000 square foot controlled environment warehouse with a 30’ clear cross dock area.

The final product is an amazing representation of Great Bay’s rich history and bright future. ARCO is honored to have been a part of the process – from concept to completion.

ARCO is Award Winning!

ARCO is Award Winning!


Thanks to the feedback of our employees, ARCO has been named one of St. Louis’ Best Places to Work by the Business Journal!

This honor is based from a 3rd party survey that gets distributed to workplaces across the region. ARCO attributes our overwhelming employee satisfaction to the corporate culture, merit driven success style, and exceptional benefits. An owner funded profit sharing program and one month paid sabbatical for every five years of employment are among the many unique reasons ARCO associates consider their workplace among the best.

New Belgium Christens East Coast Distribution Center

New Belgium Christens East Coast Distribution Center


Asheville, NC, May 12, 2015 – Reaching another key milestone in bringing their east coast brewery online, New Belgium Brewing’s Asheville Distribution Center construction is complete. The company will begin shipping beer from the Asheville Distribution Center by the end of 2015. The distribution center will serve the eastern United States and will support the company’s national expansion.

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Members of New Belgium’s East Coast team were excited to christen their newly constructed, energy efficient distribution center in Asheville, NC. The impressive facility totals 141,000 square feet – enough to hold 12 million of bottles and cans of their locally brewed beer.

“The right partners and the right place; we’re thrilled to be here in Enka-Candler,” said Mark Fischer, New Belgium Senior Plant Engineer. “Our plan is to ship product by the end of 2015 and until then, we’ll be preparing the space for use, refining shipping and receiving practices, and storing raw materials to support the brewery start up later this year.” Built in partnership with ARCO National Construction – Beverage Group and Finkle Williams Architecture, the 141,000 SF warehouse includes 88,000 SF of refrigerated space, enough to hold 12,000,000 bottles and cans, 50,000 full kegs of beer and 9,000 SF of outside covered storage area, enough to hold 45,000 empty kegs. There’s 44,000 SF of storage for 300 tons of cardboard and raw materials. Forty of New Belgium’s 140 projected Asheville coworkers will be working at the distribution center.

“Our team is quickly expanding and now includes our distribution center manager,” said Philip Pollick, Asheville Packaging Manager. “Come late summer, we’ll be bringing on more coworkers, making this all come alive.” The New Belgium distribution center is primarily a cold storage warehouse facility, with warehousing and office space. While refrigerated warehouses are not typically known for their environmental sustainability, keeping in step with the company’s commitment to sustainability, New Belgium is pursuing LEED certification. The building is designed to use 25% less energy than a traditional building and the LED lighting uses 20% less energy than conventional lighting system. In the building process, 84% percent of materials were manufactured within 500 miles, while 82% of onsite construction waste was diverted from landfills.

The distribution center comes online prior to the more complex brewery, packaging hall and tasting room being built along the French Broad River, just east of the distribution center, where they will eventually brew 500,000 barrels annually. Hiring began in early 2015 and continues at www.newbelgium.com.

ARCO Receives Two Top Workplace Awards in 2015

ARCO Receives Two Top Workplace Awards in 2015


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Thanks to feedback from our employees, ARCO has been selected as one of The Saint Louis Post Dispatch Top Workplaces as well as the St. Louis Business Journal Best Places to Work. Both honors are based on 3rd party surveys distributed at workplaces across the region about their job satisfaction.

ARCO attributes our overwhelming employee satisfaction to the corporate culture, merit driven success style, and exceptional benefits. An owner funded profit sharing program and one month paid sabbatical for every five years of employment are among the many unique reasons ARCO associates consider their workplace among the best.

Great Bay Distributors Raises Bar on Solar in FL

Great Bay Distributors Raises Bar on Solar in FL


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Thousands of solar panels have been installed at the new home of Great Bay Distributors in St. Petersburg, FL. When complete, Great Bay will be home to the largest privately held solar system in the State of Florida with a total of 4,500 330W monocrystalline solar panels.

The 1.5 Megawatt solar power system will provide energy for the distributor’s new 267,000 square foor facility housing a 143,000 square foot Controlled Environment Warehouse, 13,000 square foot draught cooler, corporate office and maintenance building.

 

 

ARCO Named Top Workplace

ARCO Named Top Workplace


Thanks to feedback from our employees, ARCO has once again been selected as one of The Saint Louis Post Dispatch Top Workplaces. The St. Louis Post Dispatch and WorkplaceDynamics surveyed employees at workplaces across the region about their job satisfaction. WorkplaceDynamics is a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement who conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 37 major publishing partners and recognizes a list of 150 National Top Workplaces.

ARCO attributes our overwhelming employee satisfaction to the corporate culture, merit driven success style, and exceptional benefits. An owner funded profit sharing program and one month paid sabbatical for every five years of employment are among the many reasons ARCO associates consider their workplace among the best.

ARCO Receives 2014 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award

ARCO Receives 2014 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award


ARCO is proud to announce that we have been awarded the 2014 TCA Tilt-Up Achievement Award for construction of the new Strathman Sales beverage distribution center in Topeka, Kansas. Owner, Matt Strathman, knew that tilt-up concrete panels were the most cost effective way to construct his new facility but wanted to avoid a generic facade. A form liner representing split-face block along with formed quoins, were utilized to achieve a more classic look. Thermomass’s insulated panel system was installed to maintain the building temperature requirements more efficiently than traditional insulating systems. Because of the numerous interior demising walls constructed out of tilt-up, panel, casting area was limited and temporary casting beds were necessary to cast all of the panels. Not only was load-bearing tilt-up construction less expensive than precast panels, but several weeks were deducted from the schedule when comparing to precast.

Congratulations to the project team for a job well done!

 

ARCO Named Best Workplace

ARCO selected as one of The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces


The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 37 major publishing partners and recognizes a list of 150 National Top Workplaces. Over the past year, more than 5,000 organizations and 1 in every 88 employees in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what’s on the minds of their employees.

ARCO attributes their employee satisfaction to the corporate culture, merit driven success style and exceptional benefits. An owner funded profit sharing program and one month paid sabbatical for every five years of employment are among the many reasons ARCO associates consider their workplace the best.