Banta Expands Va. Distribution Center
Banta Corp. expanded its Harrisonburg, Va., distribution facility to accommodate new business, spending $6.5 million to extend the facility by 179,000 square feet.
The company expanded the center to 433,000 square feet and added 20,000 full pallet locations, conveyor belts and returns processing equipment. The distribution center connects to Banta's print facility where finished products are moved from the bindery to the distribution center using self-guided vehicles. The added space improves the efficiencies at the facility, including reducing fulfillment and transportation costs, says Dwayne Black, VP of operations for Banta.
The addition increases Banta's processing capability to 5,500 cartons of books and materials a day, and provides an area to create point-of-purchase displays, a kitting area and a processing center that handles returns for Banta's customers. The company expects to add one or more new distribution facilities by the end of 2005.