Tyson / Sara Lee – Macon, GA

Sara Lee Foods had been using public warehousing for most of its product for several years. But when their management began looking to the future of their distribution process, they envisioned a dedicated mixing center as an option with strong potential for success.

With several divisions previously operating independently of one another, Sara Lee decided to combine all of those divisions into one distribution system which would make managing several key performance indicators easier. This change in corporate structure would also set them up to streamline their distribution process.

Thanks to an existing relationship with Interstate Warehousing, Sara Lee knew that Tippmann Group had the knowledge and capability to both build their new facility, and also take into consideration the operational aspects within that warehouse. Following a tour of one of Tippmann’s new generation warehouses (Interstate Warehousing – Franklin, IN), Sara Lee executives recognized the value of the building’s design and saw how well it functioned, leading Sara Lee V.P. of Integrated Logistics Larry Rogers to say, “I’ll take one of these.”

Tippmann Group led Sara Lee through the entire design/build process, including site selection, negotiations, design and general contracting. The end result is a 214,000 square foot multi-temperature distribution / mixing center with a prime location immediately off I-75 in Macon, Georgia.

Facility Highlights:

  • 214,000 square foot frozen/refrigerated warehouse and mixing center
  • 4 pick tunnel aisles with push back racking
  • Automated shrink wrapping system
  • 2-story office for customer service center operations
  • Room on site, master planning in place for expansion up to 400,000 square feet
  • Broke ground in February 2006, completed in August 2006