Associated Grocers of the South – Birmingham, AL

Associated Grocers of the South got to know Tippmann Group through their relationship with the Retailer Owned Food Distributors & Associates (ROFDA). AG South had an existing building that was completely landlocked, which limited their options when they wanted to expand their refrigerated/frozen space to keep up with growth in the perishable food industry.

They didn’t want to build a new distribution center, so Tippmann Group worked with Associated Grocers of the South to help analyze what would be the best solution for them. Tippmann came up with a plan to convert adjacent dry space to refrigerated/frozen space and also to remodel the facility, nearly doubling the number of pallet positions and pick facings in the warehouse, while also adding a new computer-controlled refrigeration system.

The project was completed in five months, and increased AG’s refrigerated/frozen space from 80,000 square feet to 130,000 square feet without increasing utility consumption and bills. To do this, 28 logistical product moves were done throughout the project as different parts of the building were renovated and re-racked in order to keep the facility fully operational throughout the entire project.

The renovated warehouse provided Associated Grocers of the South with a significant increase in productivity and reduced labor costs. Gerry Totoritis, President of Associated Grocers of the South said, “Tippmann’s professionalism and attention to detail is what impressed us the most.”

Facility Highlights:

  • 130,000 sq. ft. refrigerated warehouse renovation
  • New ammonia refrigeration system
  • Increased refrigerated/frozen area from 80,000 sq. ft. to 130,000 sq. ft. without increasing utility bills
  • Project completed in 5 months with facility fully operational during the entire project