Stemilt's new distribution center, called The Fresh Cube, is in operation, featuring an automated pallet storage and retrieval system and pallets stacked eight high. ( Courtesy Stemilt Growers LLC )

Stemilt Growers LLC, Wenatchee, Wash., has opened a new 500,000-square-foot shipping building to handle its apples, pears and cherries, said Roger Pepperl, marketing director.

The new building is connected to the company’s packing facility.

Product will travel over a conveyance and be robotically palletized, he said.

The building will be able to handle more pallets than other facilities its size because pallets will be stacked eight high rather than three or four high.

And because product is stacked robotically, “You don’t have any of the safety issues you have with forklifts,” Pepperl said.

There are 30 loading doors, “which is a big deal,” he added, because of the scarcity of trucks.

“Getting trucks loaded and out of here is a top priority for a lot of retailers because trucks are hard to get,” he said.

The building, called The Fresh Cube, has ripening rooms and 11 new controlled-atmosphere storage rooms that were engineered specifically to store pears, said Brianna Shales, communications manager.

 

Jim Offner contributed to this story.

 
Comments
Submitted by Castro on Thu, 06/20/2019 - 23:56

My appointment was at 7pm and at 10pm I’m still sitting here to get loaded seen the employees go on break 3times sitting out there smoking

Submitted by Carol on Sat, 06/22/2019 - 23:55

I have been here since june 21 2019 and I'm still here waiting.only good thing is I'll get a restart out of it.

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Submitted by Castro on Fri, 06/21/2019 - 00:37

Yay 1020pm I got a door I’m getting there never seen slow working people

Submitted by Castro on Fri, 06/21/2019 - 01:31

1130 pm they are loading me yay 5 and a half hours later rediculous

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Submitted by Castro on Fri, 06/21/2019 - 01:33

1130 pm they are loading me yay 5 and a half hours later ridiculous

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