American Relocates Adams Rite Manufacturing Co.

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Adams Rite tasked by management with relocating their Pomona facility to Phoenix with only a 5-month lead time for planning and execution.

Because the previous relocation was handled in such a professional and highly efficient manner, it was very easy to partner with American in this newest project although the extreme distance made this project a more daunting task this time around.

American Relocation & Logistics (American), located at 13565 Larwin Circle in Santa Fe Springs, today announces that it has successfully relocated Adams Rite Manufacturing Co., an Assa Abloy Company, to a facility in Phoenix, Ariz.

Since American Relocation had handled the previous Adams Rite relocation from the City of Industry to Pomona, 12 years ago, project manager George Burge stated that it was an easy decision to turn to American this time around.

Burge added, “Because the previous relocation was handled in such a professional and highly efficient manner, it was very easy to partner with American in this newest project although the extreme distance made this project a more daunting task this time around.”

Adams Rite has always operated with the philosophy of “build to order” with very short lead times, therefore there was a need to have their production lines stay operational as long as possible, relocate the production areas as fast as possible, and get them back up and producing as quickly as possible.

During numerous meetings with department heads, American corporate relocations Manager Craig Fulmer was able to ascertain which areas could be moved without disruption to production, which areas could be moved with minimal disruption to production, and lastly which areas needed to stay untouched until production was completed for the week. American was able to prep some high density areas in the week prior to the main move. This allowed several truckloads of infrastructure to be moved and set up early while allowing the actual production components/inventory to stay in place and be accessible for the Adams Rite staff.

The movement of raw materials and some finished goods were started on Monday of the move week. As in the production areas, determinations had to be made on what commodities could be moved earlier rather than later in the week. In addition to not wanting to disrupt production in Pomona, consideration had to be made for limited access in Phoenix (Phoenix had production lines in place where Pomona was going to “occupy”), and not to overwhelm the Phoenix receiving doors. With this concept in mind, American was able to sequence 14 loads of palletized goods starting Monday morning and concluding early afternoon Wednesday.'

With the vast majority of the “bulk” product out of the way, American and Adams Rite were able to focus their attention on the critical elements of their production lines. By early afternoon Thursday, Adams Rite completed production for the week and was able to shut down their assembly lines. American began the load, transport and set up of eight “color coded” assembly areas, the goal was to have all areas moved and set up for Monday production in Phoenix. The last of thirteen loads (all 53’ semi trucks) delivered into Phoenix late Saturday afternoon. The following Monday, Adams Rite was back in business, and in production 380 miles away!

According to Craig Fulmer, “Ultimately, the success of the project boiled down to the collective abilities of the Adams Rite’ staff and American’s personnel to understand each other’s needs and the constraints that each operation was facing; with that understanding in place, the project became a success.”

Adams Rite is a leader is the door design, production and manufacturing market serving the commercial, industrial and institutional building construction industry. Adams Rite has been in business for over 100 years.

About American Relocation & Logistics

American Relocation & Logistics also provides Final Mile Delivery, employing its national network of affiliated facilities and the best tracking technology available on full supply chain solutions for manufacturers, retailers, e-tailers, distributors and catalogers - from delivery, unpacking, assembly and installation to inventory management and warehousing. American only uses trucks equipped with lift gates and air ride systems, so whether products are furniture, home fitness equipment, consumer electronics, home improvement products or other large-scale items that require specialized handling, American is the right choice for delivering them to their destinations with care and on-time. American is the Southern California Final Mile Delivery agent for HomeDirectUSA, transporting large consumer products to any home or business in the United States or Canada.

American Relocation & Logistics is one of the Southland's finest household, office and industrial moving companies. The company provides disassembly of modular furniture, shelving reconfiguration, furniture repair and liquidation services as well as computerized, bar-coded warehousing services. American's professionals expertly handle all aspects of moves, including moving individuals' household goods, products and equipment or entire companies' around the corner or around the globe using specialized equipment and computerized shipment tracking.

American Relocation & Logistics is located at 13565 Larwin Circle, Santa Fe Springs, Calif., 90670. Telephone: (562) 229-3600. Facsimile: (562) 926-6151. Website:

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