New distribution center is ‘essential’ to Ace

Ace Hardware makes formal announcement that they will locate their next distribution center in Visalia, marketing VP for Ace said location is essential to their growth plans

VISALIA – Permits were filed to bring 400 Ace jobs to Visalia in August, and just a month later the plans are all but set in stone.

Ace Hardware Corporation, the world’s largest hardware cooperative, announced plans last week to open a new Retail Support Center (RSC) in Visalia. The new facility will occupy more than 1 million square feet and is estimated to bring more than 400 jobs to the region.

The new facility will augment the company’s Rocklin, California (Greater Sacramento Area) and Prescott Valley, Arizona distribution centers and will be centrally located in California, between Sacramento and Los Angeles. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year; the distribution center will be fully operational in early 2023.

“Ace Hardware continuously evaluates distribution capabilities to ensure we meet our growing business demands and offer the best support and service to Ace retailers and our wholesale customers,” said Jeff Gooding, corporate vice president of marketing, Ace Hardware. “Opening this new facility is essential for Ace to keep up with our historic growth and better serve our network of retailers, and ultimately, our Ace customers.”

The Visalia RSC will feature new technology, a climate-controlled environment, and improved automation to help streamline and enhance operations—and importantly includes room to expand.

Developer Seefried Industries filed for a permit to build the complex on Aug. 6. The permit is valued at $90 million with the contractor listed as Clayco who has built other projects for Seefried including the Amazon warehouse in Fresno. Seefried had previously presented a detailed site-plan for the 81-acre property it is buying at Plaza Drive and Ferguson Avenue in the Visalia Industrial Park which stated the tenant would hire 400 employees working in two to three shifts.

Seefried western manager Sean Sheppard said he hoped the warehouse would be open by October of next year.

The news is further evidence the logistics industry has selected Visalia as one of the best places to reach California markets within a day’s drive, delivering goods overnight directly to customers in Southern California and the Bay Area.

This would be the 18th Ace distribution center in the U.S. with one in Sacramento. The new Visalia center will serve hundreds of Ace Hardware stores, including three in Tulare County. The company continues to expand with 11 new locations in California this year. The private company is a cooperative with an ownership stake by each local store. There are nearly 5,500 stories in the U.S. Visalia has a large store across from the Visalia Mall, Nelson’s Ace Hardware, in the former Orchard Supply Hardware. Other local Ace cooperatives include Exeter Mercantile Co., Dinuba Lumber Co. and Wiesenberger’s Ace Hardware in Porterville.

Ace has recently built or is in the process of building several new facilities around the country as the company continues to grow. Ace’s network of distribution facilities, strategically located around the world, serve more than 5,500 retail locations. The new Visalia distribution center will serve more than 300 Ace affiliated stores servicing multiple states.

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