Solved: Kane Thinks Outside the Box for Distribution of Insulation Products
Dow Building Solutions gained faster, more reliable distribution to customers at a reduced cost with help from KANE.
Dow Building Solutions, a business unit of the Dow Chemical Company, supplies builders of commercial and residential buildings with insulation products. The company had closed down a factory in Connecticut, but was still operating the distribution warehouse next door. Dow wanted to outsource DC operations and relocate to a more economical location for Northeast region distribution. Because Dow’s sturdy product can be stored outdoors in any weather, the company also wanted to capitalize on the cost-saving advantages of outdoor storage.
KANE’s Scranton, PA campus afforded a highly centralized and economical point for Northeast distribution. In addition, the location gave Dow two capabilities that were central to the desired solution:
- Availability of outdoor space. With 224 acres at its Scranton campus, KANE offered the 160,000 square feet of outside space Dow needed. Since KANE owned the land, the company made some decisions that it could not make at a leased facility, including paving its gravel lots at Dow’s request. KANE also ordered special equipment, such as rugged forklifts that operate well during cold Northeast winters.
- Proximity to rail service. Dow ships inbound to KANE via intermodal rail and needed a facility close to an intermodal ramp. KANE’s campus is less than 2 miles from the Norfolk Southern-operated intermodal terminal in Taylor, PA, enabling the cost and sustainability advantages of rail transportation. KANE’s fleet handles the dray back to the distribution campus, relieving Dow of this task.
The solution enabled faster, more reliable distribution to customers at a greatly reduced cost.
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