Warren Distribution Breaks Ground on $13 Million Investment Doubling the Size of its Warehouse in Council Bluffs
Warren Distribution, a privately-owned manufacturer, marketer and distributor of automotive aftermarket products, announced that it broke ground last week on a $13 Million investment that virtually doubled the size of its warehouse in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The 211,000 square foot addition will be built as an extension to Warren Distribution’s current warehouse and is needed to support the rapid growth it has been experiencing in the past several years.
“We are proud of our long history in Omaha and Council Bluffs, and remain committed to manufacturing, packaging and distributing superior lubricants and performance fluids,” said Bob Schlott, chief executive officer of Warren Distribution. “This expansion affirms our continued collaboration within the region, as well as our desire to provide customers the most comprehensive product experience of its kind.”
Schlott told JobbersWorld that Warren Distribution has reinvested an average of $20 Million a year over the past 5 years, and in 2017 and again in 2018, it will be spending in excess of $30 Million. Recent major investments include the new Houston blend plant that was commissioned earlier this year, a new warehouse in Ohio to support its operation in Glen Dale, WV, new blow molding capacity and conversion of high-speed filling lines across Warren Distribution’s system to accommodate wide-mouth bottles and pressure-sensitive labeling.
About Warren Distribution:
Warren Distribution was founded in 1922 as Warren Oil Company by James Schlott, the grandfather of Robert N. Schlott, the current Chairman / CEO. The business began by supplying lubricating oils and related products to the agricultural business in the surrounding area. Such business remains the principle focus of the firm today. Today, three quarters of company revenue is from its own manufactured products (including both private label and house branded). Over the years Warren Distribution has received a number of performance recognition honors from its business partners including a Sears Partner in Progress Award (2000) and twice a WalMart Vendor of the Year Award (2003 and 2005).