The facility will serve as the primary distribution hub for the region, handling product manufactured at the company's manufacturing plants in Savanna, Lanark, and Broadview, Illinois. The Freeport, IL location is well-situated near major transportation arteries to serve customers in the Midwest, which include home center stores such as Home Depot, local home builders, plumbing distributors such as Ferguson, as well as individual do-it-yourself e-commerce consumers across the region.
"Consumers and our trade partners have accelerated delivery expectations as a result of the digital economy," says Kraig Kniss, Vice President Plumbing Operations at Elkay. "Demands are ever-changing, and we need a regional DC that can respond rapidly to these fluctuations. Having a strategically-located, professionally managed distribution hub here in Freeport, IL will be instrumental to meeting these elevated customer requirements."
Once fully ramped up, the facility will employ a full-time staff of 35, will warehouse and distribute up to 5,000 product SKUs per year, including water bottle fillers, drinking fountains, and Smartwell Water Delivery Systems as well as Elkay's signature stainless steel sinks.
"Elkay has been a long-term member of the Northwestern Illinois business community," says Kniss. "While times and the demands of the market may have changed, we are pleased to demonstrate our commitment to the area by expanding our presence here with this new distribution center."
Family-owned since 1920, Elkay has been making innovative products and delivering exceptional customer care for almost a century. While proud to be America’s No. 1 selling kitchen sink company, Elkay expanded its commercial offerings more than four decades ago, and today delivers faucets, foodservice fixtures, water coolers, drinking fountains, Smartwell Water Delivery Systems, and the award-winning ezH2O bottle filling stations, in addition to world-class stainless steel and quartz sinks. Our Elkay Interior Systems business is a global leader in the design and buildout of branded retail environments for some of the world's most fast growing and beloved restaurant and hospitality brands such as McDonald’s, Burger King and Dunkin Donuts to name just a few of our internationally-recognized customers. Like your family, Elkay has values and traditions that endure; like our commitment to sustainability and giving back to our community. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, today Elkay employs over 2,500 employees worldwide, working from 17 locations across the U.S.,China, and Mexico. Visit www.elkay.com.