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know where everything was located, which made it tough to
find product in an efficient manner, Kerrigan admits. "Everything in Pearland is barcoded, scanned and we have no paperwork other than what goes out to the customer," he says. "The
radio frequency scanner provides instant order and product
data to someone out on a forklift to allow them to go and pick
product. We couldn't have done that in our old system."
The new warehouse technology and equipment allows
FloWorks to increase productivity, be more efficient and work
at an overall higher level of performance. "It's a better and
much bigger facility where everything is in one location," Kerrigan says. "When an order comes through, we can take a scanner to pick the product to the conveyor, pack and ship it within
minutes versus hours and days in the past."
During the three-month move to Pearland, FloWorks moved
518 truckloads of product from its seven locations in Houston.
Across all of those truckloads, the company moved 29,000
SKUs. It transported 750,000 feet of pipe, and more than
500,000 fittings and flanges. "We have over 1,200 trucks of
concrete in the foundation of the facility and enough rebar in
the pipe yard to travel from Houston to Austin and back when
put end to end," Kerrigan says. "That's a huge amount of material as well as an amazing amount of time put in by our committed and dedicated workforce".
FloWorks was completely moved into the Pearland facility in
March of 2017 and was fully optimized by May 1, 2017. Kerrigan explains that improvements in productivity and efficiencies
are in place and stabilized while the company maintains a culture focused on quality and safety.
"Quality is our focus and safety is our priority," Kerrigan
says. "We have T-shirts and banners with that saying up in the
new facility. We have to make sure quality and safety is at the
forefront for our teammates every day. Quality goes beyond
just the final product we deliver, it also means all the things
we do to make sure the customer experience exceeds expectations. With safety being a big priority in all of our facilities,
we take considerable pride in having achieved over five million
hours without a lost time incident."
refinery markets while continuing our success in offering exceptional flow solution products and services to our customers."
FloWorks will be hosting several open houses for its manufacturers and customers at each of its new facilities throughout
the 2017 calendar year. "We want to showcase the new features
of the facilities and how we are continually improving service
to our customers through our state-of-the-art facilities and
systems," Beardmore says.
In June, FloWorks will showcase Sunbelt Supply Co. and
Major Inc. during the 2017 Valve World Americas Expo & Conference at the George R. Brown Convention Center located
in Houston, TX. This international show is held in the United
States every two years.
Moving forward, FloWorks' long-term goal is to be a best-inclass supply chain solution for industrial pipe valves and fittings
for the industries it serves. "We are continually working towards
providing better solutions for our customers and their flow solution challenges," Beardmore says. "The nice thing about our
rebranding effort is that people understand who we are now.
FloWorks is a group of companies that are excited to serve our
customers flow solution needs with an extensive array of high
performance products, services and technical expertise!" q
In addition to the Pearland facility, FloWorks opened five new
locations over the last couple of years. Domestic facilities include Charlotte, N.C., Mobile, Ala., and Corpus Christi, Texas, along with international facilities in Shanghai, China and
Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
"Each of these locations support our Sunbelt Supply Co.
valves and valve automation, as well as our Southwest Stainless
& Alloy pipe, fittings and flanges business units," Beardmore
says. "We are confident that penetration into these regions will
deliver substantial results in the petrochemical, chemical and
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