Serving 59 counties in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, Second Harvest Heartland needed to meet the rising demand from food shelves and began with ambitious goals to increase their annual shipments of food from their distribution facility in Maplewood, Minn. by 10 million pounds. To do this they needed to increase their pallet storage area dramatically. AK worked closely with their management team to maximize their storage capabilities in their freezers, cooler, and dry storage areas. AK also designed a push-back pallet rack system overall their dock doors to gain every possible square foot of storage space in their facility. By doing this AK helped them maximize the total number of pallets being stored. Another way they maximized their space was by purchasing a fleet of stand-up reach trucks which allowed them to minimize their aisle widths and expand their pallet storage systems using 2, 3, and 4 deep, push-back racking. They also utilized standard single deep selective pallet racks where necessary. In summary, the project was a huge success and has helped them meet their distribution goal and the growing need for food shelves, soup kitchens, and shelters.

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