REI Co-op builds state-of-the-art distribution center in Lebanon, Tennessee that prioritizes employee experience, environmental impact and community ties
REI Lebanon distribution center will be approximately 400,000 square feet and will employ more than 280 people. Located on 41 acres in Wilson County, the facility will be one mile from I-40 and three miles from downtown Lebanon at 1400 Murfreesboro Road. The location will dramatically reduce shipping times to respond to customers’ online purchases and will be able to support over 70 REI stores. Almost 5.6 million REI members live in the service area of the new distribution center.
Al. Neyer is the cooperative’s partner for the new distribution center. the Nashvillethe based team supported site selection and land purchase; engaged with from Lebanon elected officials and economic development council; and facilitated introductions with regional electricity providers. In addition, Al. Neyer is the architect and general contractor for the project.
“Opening of a distribution center in Lebanon strategically positions REI for growth and complements the service areas of our other distribution facilities. Most importantly, the center will reflect the values of the cooperative by putting people first and setting a new standard in tackling the climate crisis, ”said Bill Best, vice president of supply chain at REI. “We have a strong local partner who understands the REI brand. , the ethics of sustainability and the interest in creating healthier communities. “
“Al’s integrated team of developers, licensed architects and construction management experts. Neyer is delighted to partner with REI to provide a premier distribution center that will set an important precedent for sustainability in Greater Nashville and beyond ”, declares Justin hartung, Al. Neyer Vice President of Design-Build. “Our team has worked closely with REI over the past year and a half to develop this premier facility that will not only be a great place to work and a great addition to the community, but will also have a lasting positive impact on the environment .”
REI selected Lebanon after reviewing several other locations in the south and considering key factors which included, but not limited to general population statistics, labor market potential, construction readiness, regional environmental commitments existing structures and the cost of construction.
REI believes that climate change is, without a doubt, the greatest existential threat to the co-op and the planet. As the co-op invests to better serve its growing members and the outdoor community, it is also taking action on climate change by committing to more than halving its carbon footprint by 2030. REI is also leveraging its influence in the retail industry to encourage broader change, including developing a responsible footprint, launching product impact standards, empowering employees and members to take a stand on issues critical to the future, and more.
the Lebanon will complement REI’s three existing distribution centers in Bedford, Pennsylvania.; Goodyear, Arizona.; and Sumner, Washington. In particular, the Bedford and Good year the locations are certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) of the US Green Building Council. Its Goodyear distribution center, which opened in 2016, has achieved LEED Platinum certification, the highest level of the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) green building rating system, and the nation’s leading distribution center. to obtain both LEED Platinum and Net Zero Energy certification.
REI Lebanon distribution center is built with durability features and advanced technology that complement its Arizona site. The design centers on a productive and healthy built environment that intentionally takes into consideration how employees work, rest and connect with nature. The building will address the entire life cycle of carbon impacts by using 100% renewable energy, 100% electric and operating as a zero waste facility. REI will also be an active participant in regional renewable energy solutions.
“REI is a respected brand that outdoor enthusiasts have trusted for over 80 years, and I am proud the company has chosen Tennessee for its brand new distribution center ”, shares the governor Bill lee. “Our state’s central location and unmatched quality of life make it the ideal destination for a business so committed to outdoor recreation, and I thank REI for its commitment and job creation in Lebanon. “
Community investments, partnerships and advocacy for outdoor access
As a member-owned co-op, REI annually shares its profits with the outdoor community through member dividends and rewards, employee pension contributions, and investments in nonprofit partners.
REI actively partners with nonprofits across the country to manage and maintain local trails and public lands to connect more people to the outdoors. Over the past five years, the cooperative has invested more than $ 440,000 in Tennesseeland agencies and non-profit partners. In 2021, $ 102,000 has been invested in 17 organizations including Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, Friends of the Smokies, Great Smoky Mountains Institute in Trémont, Lula Lake Land Trust, Overton Park Conservancy, Southeastern Climbers Coalition, Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association and others.
The co-op launched the Co-op Action Fund earlier this year, a community-backed public charity designed to harness the collective power of the co-op’s 20 million members and 15,000 employees to create a culture of the outdoors. more fair, equitable and inclusive. Three Tennessee groups received grants in the fund’s first round of investment, including Adaptive Adventures in Nashville and black girls RUN! founding chapters of Memphis and Nashville.
“Even before being fully operational, we are eager to become an involved partner in Lebanon and beyond, ”adds Best.
REI Tennessee presence
REI has more than 267,000 lifetime members in the state, and the company opened its first retail store in Brentwood, Tennessee in 1999. Today, REI operates five stores and employs nearly 300 professionals in the state.
Additionally, REI’s adventure travel company has been offering guided trips to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for 14 years. The company offers six multi-day adventure trips through the park with hiking, backpacking, multisport and rafting routes. The destination is still one of the most popular co-ops in the national park system. Over the past five years, REI has hosted over 2,800 guests at the Great Smokies, many of whom were first-time visitors.
About the REI cooperative
REI is an outdoor specialty retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The largest consumer cooperative in the country, REI is a growing community of over 20 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert lessons and trips, and exceptional customer service. REI has 174 locations in 41 states and the District of Colombia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop on REI.com, REI Outlet, or the REI shopping app. REI is not just a question of equipment. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company which manages over 100 routes across the country. In many communities where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by delivering beginner to advanced courses and workshops on a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes living outdoors possible, REI invests millions each year in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access and manage the outdoor spaces that inspire us all.
About Al. Neyer
For over 125 years, Al. Neyer has provided a full range of real estate development and design-build solutions for its commercial clients. Founded in 1894 and owned by its employees since 2014, the company specializes in mixed-use urban developments and custom-built commercial spaces, including corporate headquarters, medical office buildings, residential apartment buildings. multiple and industrial facilities. Al. Neyer is continually recognized for his ability to collaborate and deliver greater value, high quality and faster project delivery. Al. Neyer is headquartered in Cincinnati, has offices in Nashville, Raleigh, and Pittsburgh, and serves a local, regional and national clientele. You can find more information about the company at http://www.neyer.com.
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