Henkel automates Kentucky logistics hub

Henkel Logistics Center in Bowling Green, Ky. Image courtesy of Henkel

Global Manufacturer Henkel completed a three-year, $70 million expansion and automation upgrade to its 1.4 million square foot logistics center in Bowling Green, Ky., creating its logistics operations center on largest and most technologically advanced in North America.

The logistics hub upgrade incorporated Industry 4.0 innovations to help optimize storage space, improve efficiency and drive digital automation. The logistics center now has the capacity to store 200,000 pallets, up from 88,000, and allow up to 1,000 trucks per day, up from 200 before the upgrade. New digital automation capabilities bolster Henkel’s supply chain resilience and help the manufacturer proactively respond to dynamic market conditions.

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The state-of-the-art facility supports the production, storage and distribution of Henkel Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care brands such as Persil, Purex and all laundry detergents, Snuggle fabric softeners, hair care Schwarzkopf and Dial soaps.

Mark Fratamico, vice president, laundry supply chain operations, North America, said in a prepared statement that increased automation will enable the company to deliver efficiencies and superior customer service. He said it will also help retailers meet consumer demand and increase operational agility so the company can continue to respond to a rapidly changing business environment.

Dirk Holbach, senior corporate vice president, global supply chain, said in prepared remarks that Henkel will use digital transformation data to gain additional insights and help improve decision-making across the board. of its supply chain.

Henkel operates the logistics center and a 2.3 million square foot manufacturing facility from the same campus at 385 Southwood Court in the South Central Kentucky Industrial Park in Bowling Green. In August 2019, Henkel partnered with packaging supplier ALPLA to invest more than $130 million in infrastructure and equipment for a new bottle production area totaling more than 170,000 square feet in the manufacturing plant. These investments were made to increase efficiency, create capacity for growth and drive energy savings at the then 25-year-old plant. Prior to the 2019 investment, Henkel had spent more than $100 million upgrading the plant.

North American presence

Henkel has approximately 9,000 employees at nearly 70 locations in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico who manage three business units: Adhesive Technologies, Beauty Care and Laundry & Home Care. In addition to consumer products, Henkel markets industrial brands in North America.

The company’s consumer goods headquarters are located at 200 Elm St., Stamford, Connecticut. Henkel signed a lease with former owner Building and Land Technology in 2017 for 155,000 square feet of space in the Stamford building.

In December 2021, 200 Elm Partners BH LLC, an entity of AM Property Holding II Corp. and Northeast Capital Group, acquired the approximately 557,600 square foot Class A office complex from BLT for a reported $235 million. It was the biggest deal of 2021 and one of Connecticut’s biggest real estate deals in the past decade. In addition to 200 Elm St., the complex includes 695 E. Main St.

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