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Western Extralite Expands Location to Distribution Center

Jan. 14, 2014
30,000 sq ft location highly automated warehouse will now stock $1 million in inventory.

Western Extralite, Kansas City, Mo., is expanding its Salina, Kan., location by doubling the staff and quadrupling the inventory investment to make it a regional distribution hub for its central Kansas markets.

The Salina location, which opened in 2009, will now serve as a hub for supplying electrical and datacom products to central Kansas cities including Wichita, Manhattan, McPherson, Hutchinson, Newton, El Dorado, Abilene, Beloit, Concordia and Hays. The Salina location delivers to customers within a 75 mile radius on a daily basis.

Extralite has boosted inventory at the 30,000 sq ft location from $250,000 to $1 million in products and added six new employees, doubling the staff at the location.

“Doubling our staff and dramatically increasing on-demand access to a comprehensive range of the industry's most reliable products and services allows Western Extralite to deliver what our customers need when they need it,” says Leith Winsor, regional vice president.

The increased inventory includes stocking a larger quantity of high-demand products as well as the addition of new product lines, the company said in a release. The branch warehouse features a state-of-the art warehouse system with bar code readers to confirm accurate item selection and quantity, and conveyors to quickly carry products to appropriate drop points for packing and shipping. Side-loading forklifts transfer large quantities of products within the warehouse to prepare for daily customer deliveries around the area.

In addition to the products stocked in its warehouse, the Salina distribution center’s showroom displays hand tools, batteries, and energy saving products and solutions including LED and compact fluorescent lamps and lighting fixtures. 

Western Extralite has 17 locations across Kansas and Missouri and ranked #75 on Electrical Wholesaling’s 2013 Top 200 list of the largest electrical distributors in the nation.

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