Contact: Abby More Andrew J. Groveman
Thompson & Berry Belz
(901) 322-5233 (901) 260-7278
Belz Provides Total Package of Location, Design and Construction
For Smith & Nephew’s Largest Distribution Center Worldwide.
The 210,000 square-foot, Class A warehouse / distribution facility will be constructed on 37 acres of land at MELTECH which Belz sold to Smith & Nephew.
is a prime warehouse distribution park, strategically positioned close to the
Belz Architecture & Construction is designing and constructing the state-of-the-art distribution center. The new distribution center will be the largest Smith & Nephew distribution facility in the world. Belz Architecture & Construction will provide turnkey design / build services, providing one single source of contact and responsibility for the state-of-the-art facility. The new center will be taller and more modern than the existing Smith & Nephew facility and it will be climate controlled for the surgical orthopedic products. The facility will also have a 1,200 square-foot “clean room” designed to eliminate dust particles to avoid contamination of the surgical products. Back-up generators will also be installed in case of a power outage.
turnkey service we will be providing on the design and construction of this
facility will ultimately reduce the cost of these services for Smith &
Nephew and will increase efficiency in the design / build process,” said
The new facility
will be built to the 2006 International Building Code (IBC) seismic code. This will be the first facility of its kind in
“This is going to be our largest distribution facility in the world and we are very pleased to partner with Belz on this project,” Bill Griffin, SVP Global Operations, Smith & Nephew. “This is going to be the world’s premier distribution facility of its kind with a fully automated inventory system and other state-of-the-art amenities.”
Construction is scheduled to be complete by the summer of 2008.
MELTECH is a 233 acre development, characterized by attractive building facades and landscaped grounds. The Park includes occupants such as UPS, Vital Records Control, PODS Modular Systems, Fairmont Industries and the local hub for Xtra Lease Intermodal.
About Smith & Nephew
Smith & Nephew (NYSE: SNN, LSE: SN) (www.smith-nephew.com) is a global medical technology business, specializing in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Trauma & Clinical Therapies, Endoscopy and Advanced Wound Management products. Smith & Nephew ranks as the global leader in arthroscopy and one of the world’s leaders in advanced wound management and is one of the fastest growing orthopaedics companies in the world.
Smith & Nephew is dedicated to helping improve people's lives. The company prides itself on the strength of its relationships with its surgeon and professional healthcare customers, with whom its name is synonymous with the highest standards of performance, innovation and trust. The company has more than 8,800 employees and operates in 31 countries around the world and generated sales of nearly $2.8 billion.