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March 5, 2004
IGS Visits Eaton Distribution Center
Industrial Global Sales, represented by its President: Luis Abellon, and Sales Manager: Carlos Casadevall, visited the Eaton Distribution Center in Cleveland, Feb. 17 and 18 . This facility, centrally located in Tennessee has been designated by Eaton as the main Distribution Center for Boston and Weatherhead products in the United States. In Cleveland, Eaton stocks massive amounts of products and consolidates orders for the vast majority of its customers. Previously, orders were shipped directly from factories spread around the country, which created several logistics complications.

We were impressed by the size and amount of inventory in this facility, as well as with the comprehensive renovation and updating process being implemented at the plant to be able to handle the levels of demand expected from the Boston and Weatherhead lines. Renovation includes, among others: new configuration of racks and storing space (see pictures below), evolution to three shifts per day and updated software systems. All these improvements will directly benefit IGS and, as a direct consequence, all our distributors.

As we are nearing the end of the transition phase and getting ready to start to start shipments from our facility in Sunrise on March 22nd, it was extremely important to exchange ideas with the people at Cleveland, TN. Our meetings with them, allowed us to streamline details about current and future stock shipments to our Sunrise facility, and also coordinate details on all pending drop-shipments to Freight Forwarders.

Please find below some pictures from the above mentioned meeting:

This perspective shows one side of the shipping area of the expansive Cleveland, TN Distribution Center.

When the improvement processes are finished, all lanes of racks would be oriented in a parallel way, to optimize picking and shipping procedures.

Discussing IGS customer requirements for export shipments.

An EATON employee explaining the order picking process used at the Cleveland, TN facility.

From left to right: Mike Stidham, EATON Warehouse Operations Manager; EATON warehouse picker; Duane Paul, EATON Plant Manager; Jim Baker, EATON Senior Sales Manager; Carlos Casadevall, IGS Sales Manager; Luis Abellon, IGS President.

This working session produce excellent ideas and results in terms of optimizing the Eaton/IGS combined shipping operations and procedures.
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