GE opened its new central logistics centre for renewable energy components in Olive Branch, Miss. (US) last Thursday, which the company says forms part of its strategy “to further improve customer response times throughout North America as more wind and solar energy projects are developed and existing power facilities require maintenance”.
GE Energy’s renewable energy services group will use the new logistics centre to distribute replacement wind turbine parts and solar technology components. It is located on Polk Lane in Olive Branch, Miss., in a 212,880-square-foot section of a 452,743-square-foot building. The space is more than three times larger than the previous DeSoto County location of GE’s logistics operation.
“GE’s decision to move into the Olive Branch facility and establish a new, expanded, integrated renewables logistics centre advances our goals to provide excellent lifecycle service to our customers throughout North and South America,” said Diarmaid Mulholland, General Manager of wind services for GE’s renewable energy business.
Additionally, the new centre will produce customer-specific kits that include multiple parts for each service activity, which increases productivity by ensuring that all of the parts required for the project are packaged together. The centre also will provide and maintain specialized tooling for GE’s field services team.
The expanded facility will allow future growth as GE expands its service offerings. The building received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the US Green Building Council in 2009. The certification is based on a number of design and construction features that save energy and water and minimise landfill waste from the project. Sustainable features of GE’s new logistics centre include skylights, upgraded insulation, an efficient warehouse lighting system and highly reflective white “TPO” roofing to reduce cooling loads.