MEBANE,NC — April 19, 2011 – A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for Tuesday, April 19 at 2:00 P.M. to celebrate the commencement of construction of a new operations and distribution center in Mebane’s North Carolina Industrial Center (NCIC). The facility is being designed and constructed under a collaborative partnership between Kidde Residential & Commercial (the leading manufacturer of residential fire safety products), New Breed Logistics and Samet Corporation. Kidde is a business of UTC Fire & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Located across the street from Kidde’s business headquarters, the state-of-the-art 244,000 square foot facility will consolidate Kidde’s warehousing and distribution, which will enable the company to streamline its packaging and shipping operations. “Kidde was the first tenant at NCIC, and has played an important role in our county for decades. I’m thrilled that the expansion will also be at NCIC,” said Mac Williams, president of the Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce.
“Kidde’s headquarters has been located in Mebane for nearly 40 years. Hopefully the community will view this new facility as a sign of our long-term commitment to being a part of Alamance County,” said Jim Ward, general manager of Kidde.
As part of this process, Kidde’s 3rd St facility will close, and employees will move to the current headquarters on Corporate Park Drive. Samet Corporation, based in Greensboro, will lease and oversee the construction of the new building.
“North Carolina Industrial Center has been proven as a strategic business location for many of the Triad’s top companies,” said Brian Hall, Real Estate Preconstruction Project Manager for Samet. “Kidde is no exception. We began our relationship with Kidde over 6 years ago when they initially located inside the first spec building at NCIC. They continue to be one of our most important clients and we couldn’t be more excited about their growth inside the park.”
Kidde has contracted with High Point based New Breed Logistics to manage and operate the new distribution center. In addition to providing fulfillment services for Kidde’s retail, distributor, and manufacturing customers, New Breed will also design and implement a new packaging operation―a function previously performed at Kidde’s manufacturing facilities. The packaging operation will add 50-60 employees to support the business.
“New Breed’s ability to deliver innovative process and technology solutions will greatly contribute to Kidde’s strategic supply chain initiatives,” said Joe Hauck, Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Communications, New Breed Logistics. “We value the partnerships we have built with other United Technologies business units, including Sikorsky Aircraft, Hamilton Sundstrand, and Pratt & Whitney, and look forward to delivering exemplary service to their Kidde operations.”
Expected completion of the new facility is slated for the end of 2011.
Kidde Residential & Commercial is the leading manufacturer of residential smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers and other fire-related safety products. The company has been delivering advanced fire safety technology for more than 90 years. You will find its safety products in home improvement retailers, mass merchants and distributors around the globe. Kidde is a business of UTC Fire & Security, a company that provides fire safety and security solutions to more than 1 million customers worldwide. Headquartered in Connecticut, UTC Fire & Security is a business unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), which provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries worldwide. More information can be found at www.utcfireandsecurity.com and www.kidde.com.
About Samet Samet Corporation is a full-service, midsize general contractor and real estate development firm with 50 years of experience exceeding clients’ expectations across a broad range of industries. The company’s project portfolio includes numerous industrial, office, medical, retail, educational, multi-unit residential, religious, and civic facilities. Samet has offices in Greensboro, NC and Charlotte, NC. They have been ranked the second largest Triad general contractor and the fifth largest Triad commercial property management firm by The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area. For more company information, visit www.sametcorp.com.