The Hytrol Experience

Relationship Focus: Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Posted by Whitney Blackburn on Feb 21, 2017 10:13:00 AM

Founded in 1933 at the end of the prohibition era, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) now serves as the sole distributor for distilled spirits in the state, serving more than 260 liquor stores. Their main facility is located in Portland, Oregon, with 42 full time employees covering two shifts. The Portland operation has expanded three times. First in 1977, again in 2007, and the most recent expansion coming in 2016. This newest venture was their most ambitious yet, as they set their sights on previously unattainable shipping numbers.

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Topics: Sortation, Relationship Focus

Highlighting the Value of Relationships

Posted by Phillip Poston on Jan 20, 2017 4:59:00 PM

At Hytrol, we believe we create the best material handling systems in the world, but we also believe that businesses are only as strong as the people—and the relationships—that support them.

Strong businesses have been the foundation for Hytrol’s success. We have worked for more than 70 years to build solid connections with our customers, integration partners and employees. Some of these dealings have produced new product designs, helped us permeate new markets and crafted innovative solutions for a wide range of applications and industries.

These partnerships have also provided a solid foundation for mutual growth and development. We understand that communication and collaboration are the keys to success and longevity, and we are committed to building and maintaining bonds through several valuable types of interactions.

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Topics: Who We Are, Relationship Focus

Relationship Focus: SalSon Logistics

Posted by Whitney Blackburn on Nov 17, 2016 11:44:00 AM

Founded in 1960, SalSon Logistics is a leading third-party logistics company, providing supply chain management solutions for a wide range of companies. Since its inception, SalSon has grown into a multimillion dollar company with locations throughout the eastern United States.
With over 1,000 employees and one million square feet of warehousing space, the 3PL provides an array of services and capabilities, from import and export services to transportation and trucking to warehousing and distribution services. “We kinda offer a hybrid of services," said Anthony Berritto, president/CEO of SalSon Logistics. "So by bringing up containers, bringing it back to our facility, doing any DC bypasses, or ultimate delivery to stores in the metropolitan area. So pool distribution is really one of our mainstays of business.”
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Topics: ProSort 400 Elite, Relationship Focus

Relationship Focus: Arcadia Farms

Posted by Whitney Blackburn on May 3, 2016 9:00:00 AM

A family dairy farm had already made the leap into the juice and beverage industry. In 2004, Hytrol and its integration partner helped them transition into the role of a major distributor for beverages across the United States.
Founded in 1939, Arcadia Farms began as a first generation dairy business located in Arden, North Carolina. Since then, they’ve grown into a major brand which provides a wide variety of non-carbonated juices, drinks, and teas to companies across the country. Their 200,000 square foot automated facility supplies these goods to club, drug, foodservice, mass, and wholesale channels. 
"Our current customer list is a pretty broad array," said Jim Arthur, Arcadia VP of Operations. "Some of these companies that we serve employ hundreds of thousands of people. They’re the largest companies in the world."
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Topics: Relationship Focus

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Posted by Whitney Blackburn on Apr 3, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Hytrol and the integration partner worked with Backcountry to develop a unique solution. began in 1996 with two guys, a stack of avalanche beacons, and a garage in Park City, Utah. Since then, they’ve grown into a major brand with 5 offices across the globe. Their Christiansburg, Virginia location is home to Backcountry’s second distribution center, which serves the Eastern United States. As a premiere online retailer of outdoor goods, Backcountry is focused on delivering an optimal experience for consumers through efficient order fulfillment and expedited delivery. 
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Topics: Relationship Focus

Relationship Focus: Southern Wine & Spirits

Posted by Whitney Blackburn on Nov 5, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is a nationally recognized wine and spirits distributor known for its commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service, as well as its state-of-the-art distribution capabilities. Founded in 1968, Southern Wine & Spirits operates in 35 states and is the country’s largest wine and spirits distributor. The facility in Wilsonville distributes wine and non-alcoholic beverages to wholesalers within the state of Oregon with an accuracy rate of over 99%. 
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Topics: Relationship Focus

Relationship Focus: LD Products

Posted by Whitney Blackburn on Aug 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM

LD Products SystemLD Products is a multifaceted printing and office supply company focused on exceptional customer service and the highest quality product offering. Located in Long Beach, California, their 110,000 square foot LEED-certified headquarters houses an array of inventory such as ink, toner, and other office products. LD Products is a company centered on accurate order fulfillment, cutting-edge print offerings, and unmatched customer support.

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Topics: Conveyor Systems, The Hytrol Experience, Relationship Focus

Relationship Focus: Dotcom Distribution

Posted by Whitney Blackburn on May 5, 2015 7:00:00 AM


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Topics: Conveyor Systems, The Hytrol Experience, Relationship Focus, Distribution

Packaging Leader BWAY: Lean Continuous Improvement with Hytrol and Integration Partner Advanced Equipment Company

Posted by Paige Carswell on Oct 3, 2014 6:45:00 AM


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Topics: Educational, Conveyor Systems, Relationship Focus, Integration Partners

Distribution Center Increases Picking and Shipping Six Fold with Hytrol

Posted by Brandy Lloyd on Jan 9, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Edward Don & Company is the world’s leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. The key components of Edward Don’s continued success are their knowledgeable sales staff, unmatched product offering, strategic nationwide distribution network and the integration of new technology. These ingredients combine to make them the preferred supplier for all types of food service businesses including: independent restaurants, national chains, healthcare, hospitality, schools and universities, government institutions, and foodservice management.




Hytrol and the integration partner worked with Edward Don & Company to create a system that was user friendly, energy-efficient and customized to fit the company's specific type of product. With an inventory of 12,000 unique items available for shipment, it is easy to see why integrating new technology was critical for Edward Don & Company.

The new facility, which houses the corporate headquarters, is located in Woodridge, IL. When compared to the old facility, the new facility is 55,000 square feet larger in space with increased ceiling clearance. The taller ceilings and facility design allowed for an increase in cubic space, which increased the overall storage capacity. This increase means they can store twice as many reserve pallets, while picking and shipping up to six times more product using new picking methods allowed by the new system.

Mark Zabloudil, vice president of operations, was pleased with the competitive advantage delivered by the new system. “We looked at putting the conveyors in, which really afforded us an opportunity to make ourselves more efficient in how we process orders today, but then also afforded us the opportunity to bid on other business that we couldn’t compete against because our cost structure, based on our old method of processing orders, was too high.”


Zabloudil also commented on their decision to work with an integration partner. “In researching the best industry practices, we decided to leverage the experience of a Hytrol integration partner. During the early design process, the integration partner took the time to learn every detail behind Edward Don & Company’s operation and designed the most efficient system possible.”

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Topics: HytrolTV, Educational, Conveyor Systems, Sortation, ProSort 400 Elite, E24™, Relationship Focus