CRL's Corporate Headquarters to Undergo Expansion
August 26, 2009
C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has begun construction of a new, high
cube, 60,000 square foot facility at its headquarters' complex in
Los Angeles. The facility is being built on recently purchased acreage
across the street from the headquarters on Vernon Avenue.
"This construction allows us to increase our warehouse space
and stock even more inventory for our customers," says Donald
E. Friese, CRL's chairman and chief executive officer. "With
this new addition, CRL's distribution and manufacturing operations
in Los Angeles will total more than 660,000 square feet. This kind
of expansion could not take place without the continued and growing
support of our customers, and we are most appreciative of the help
and encouragement they provide. In return, we continue to put our
gains back into the company, bringing our customers the finest and
most comprehensive line of products in the industry."
Friese continues, "This past year has been marked with tremendous
growth for CRL. We are currently building two new 50,000 square
foot branch distribution centers - in Manchester, England, and Melbourne,
Australia. We have just moved our German operation into a new 30,000
square foot facility near Stuttgart, Germany, and our new 55,000
square foot branch facility near Miami opens this September. We
continually challenge ourselves to grow and improve, not only with
products and additional distribution points, but also with our expanding
website, which provides customers access worldwide to all of our
CRL products and services."
In addition, Friese points out that in the spring of 2008 the company
took a major step forward by acquiring Sommer & Maca (Somaca),
a glazing supply distributor and machinery manufacturer headquartered
in Cicero, Illinois.
"Because of this strategic decision, the combined products
and services of both organizations provide our customers with even
larger inventories available from all branch locations. We have
since expanded the Cicero manufacturing facility, and added additional
state-of-the-art machinery and engineering expertise," says
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