Mountain High Organics has broken ground on its new 28,000-s.f. distribution center in New Milford, Connecticut. The new facility is part of the company’s supply chain optimization strategy to better serve its ever-expanding list of national and international manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors. The new distribution center is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2020.
The facility will house a 20,000-s.f. state-of-the-art cooler which will be refrigerated to 42 degrees F and 8,000-s.f. shipping and receiving dock that will be kept at 60 degrees F. The new facility will allow Mountain High Organics to safeguard its organic raw ingredient inventory with environmentally controlled storage conditions. Mountain High Organics products include a wide breadth of organic grains and seeds.
The new facility will allow the company to have complete control over all aspects of receiving, storage and distribution of its organic raw ingredients and consumer brand line Beveri, as well as providing a positive economic impact in New Milford where Mountain High Organics was founded in 1999.
“It was a top priority that we build our new facility in New Milford,” said Joanne Fellin, president of Mountain High Organics. “This is where we started, and it gives us a chance to give back to the community and bring economic vitality and jobs to New Milford.”
The new distribution center was designed from the inside out; meaning Mountain High Organics started with a 1,200 pallet cooler floor plan which allows for ease of access with forklifts, inventory management and provides for a high level of safety for equipment operators. The new center is part of Mountain High Organics company-wide sustainable initiative making the facility environmentally friendly. Mountain High Organics chose to build an insulated cooler within a steel structure for extreme energy efficiency and installed a high efficiency water cooled refrigeration system as well as high-speed cooler doors to dramatically minimize thermal exchange between the cooler and receiving area. In addition, all lighting is high efficiency LED motion activated and all forklifts and pallet jacks are electric to eliminate atmospheric pollution.
Mountain High Organics also has two other distribution facilities in Omaha, Nebraska, and Brookfield, Connecticut.