New Facility to Meet Stringent Standards as Certified Green Mark Gold Plus Building
SAN MATEO, Calif., and SINGAPORE – June 21, 2012 – Menlo Worldwide Logistics, the global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), announced construction is ahead of schedule on its eighth Singapore facility, a 400,000-square-foot build-to-suit warehousing and retail distribution management center on Sunview Way. The new facility, which is being constructed to achieve the Singapore Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) Green Mark Gold Plus certification, is expected to be completed this fall.
The center will house inventory and distribution operations for several current Menlo customers, while retaining substantial capacity for new customers, noted Desmond Chan, managing director, South Asia for Menlo Worldwide Logistics. “We are getting a lot of interest in this facility, which will be among the most environmentally friendly commercial logistics facilities in the region,” said Chan. “We welcome the interest and we encourage local businesses to consider this facility for high-efficiency warehousing and distribution services.”
To achieve the BCA’s Green Mark Gold Plus certification, the facility incorporates several advanced design and construction features emphasizing high levels of environmental sustainability and energy and water resource conservation. These features include the use of green cement and recycled concrete aggregates (RCA) for concrete used in constructing the main building elements, west-facing façade orientation, tinted reflective glass windows and sun-shading provisions for increased thermal efficiency. “Receiving the BCA Green Mark Gold Plus certification for our Sunview facility is an honor and a clear indicator of our commitment to environmentally friendly facilities and practices,” Chan said.
To further increase energy conservation, the facility will be equipped with high-efficiency air-conditioning equipment, as well as advanced lifts designed with AC variable voltage and variable frequency motor drive and sleep mode features. High frequency ballasts in fluorescent luminaries, such as Philips T5 Lighting, will provide efficient, quality workplace lighting. Additional features which promote environmental sustainability include motion sensors and timers on electric appliances and lighting, as well as sustainably sourced office carpet, internal partitions and ceiling boards.
Following completion of construction, Menlo intends to operate the facility using Lean methodologies and practices promoting operational efficiency, environmental sustainability, waste minimization, energy and resource conservation, and recycling of reusable goods.
With operations in Singapore for nearly 20 years, Menlo provides a wide variety of logistics, warehousing, inventory and transportation management, distribution, fulfillment, light manufacturing and supply chain design and engineering services for local and multinational customers. The new Sunview facility will provide product warehousing and distribution, high-velocity picking and packing operations, customized labeling and return management services. The company expects to employ 150 people once the site is fully operational.
“By emphasizing green-certified development practices and materials, Menlo is setting the precedent for other leading companies to follow,” said Nitin Chhabra, Head of Supply Chain, Philips Lighting. “The company is working to grow and expand its business footprint in Singapore while simultaneously reducing its environmental footprint. We are proud that Philips Lighting products will play a role in that process.” Philips will be a customer in the new facility, where Menlo will be providing a range of services including inbound receipt of finished goods, storage and inventory management, pick/pack fulfillment and shipping of orders to local Singapore and Asia regional customers.
Menlo’s existing seven facilities are located throughout Singapore with 450 employees and provide dedicated and multi-client distribution services. Menlo also operates additional multi-client logistics facilities in Southeast Asia, as well as China, India, Australia, North America and Europe.
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About Menlo Worldwide Logistics
Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a US$1.6 billion global provider of logistics, transportation management and supply chain services with operations in five continents, including North America. As a third-party logistics provider, San Mateo, Calif.-based Menlo Worldwide Logistics’ services range from dedicated contract logistics to warehouse and distribution management, transportation management, supply chain reengineering and other value-added services including packaging, kitting, order fulfillment and light assembly through a strategic network of multi-client and dedicated facilities. With more than 17 million square feet of dedicated warehouse space in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America, and industry-leading technologies, Menlo Worldwide Logistics creates effective, integrated solutions for the transportation and distribution needs of leading businesses around the world.
Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $5.3 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics company. For more information, please visit us on the Web at www.con-way.com.