SIKESTON, MISSOURI – Officials from Do it Best Corp. put shovels to dirt this morning as they officially broke ground in Sikeston, Missouri, at the site of what will be the co-op’s newest and most technologically advanced Retail Service Center (RSC).
Do it Best Corp. President and CEO Bob Taylor joined local and regional civic and economic development leaders at the groundbreaking event at the 103-acre site in the Sikeston Business, Education and Technology Park on Rose Parkway. The new facility will replace the co-op’s original facility in nearby Cape Girardeau. Once complete, the new RSC will feature 550,000 square feet (16 million cubic feet) of warehousing space.
“This is an exciting day for us, to be able to get the
construction of this new facility under way,” Taylor said. “Not only will it help us continue to meet our members’ current needs, but it will strategically and competitively position us for future growth. And, as we continue to expand the programs and services we offer our member-owners, this new facility will lead the way in helping deliver them to our members as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.”
Do it Best Corp. officials expect the new Sikeston RSC to be complete and operational by 2014. It will serve Do it Best Corp. member-owners in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska and Tennessee. The new RSC will replace the Cape Girardeau RSC, which was built in 1971 and was the first of the co-op’s facilities located outside of Indiana.
In addition to increased size, the new RSC will feature a number of new technological advances and initiatives, including a new voice pick system, which has virtually eliminated order filling errors and will help maximize workflow.
At the groundbreaking event, Taylor pointed to several important features of the Sikeston site for the new RSC. Key among them was the proximity of the new location to the current RSC, which provides the co-op with the best opportunity to retain as many of its current team members as possible. Sikeston also offered several land options with room for future expansion; logistical and transportation advantages; and the aggressive and collaborative efforts from local and state officials to make the relocation cost-effective and favorable to Do it Best Corp. members.
About Do it Best Corp.
Based in Fort Wayne, Ind., Do it Best Corp. is the only U.S.-based, member-owned comprehensive and fully integrated hardware, lumber and building materials buying cooperative in the home improvement industry. With annual sales of $2.41 billion, Do it Best Corp. is the second largest co-op in the industry, serving more than 4,000 member-owned locations in the United States and in 50 foreign countries.