Peyton’s gets incentive check for lighting upgrade

By LARRY C. BOWERS Staff Writer
Posted 8/14/17

Cleveland’s first wholesale distribution center, which opened almost 40 years ago, continues to grow, expand and improve.

Kroger/Peyton’s Southeastern opened its distribution facility on …

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Peyton’s gets incentive check for lighting upgrade


Cleveland’s first wholesale distribution center, which opened almost 40 years ago, continues to grow, expand and improve.

Kroger/Peyton’s Southeastern opened its distribution facility on APD 40 in 1979, and has experienced three major expansions since that time. It recently was recognized for a lighting upgrade incentive in partnership with Cleveland Utilities and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Kroger/Peyton’s Southeastern’s Senior Supply Chain Manager Angie Freeman, and her management team, were presented with an incentive check for $75,901 by Cleveland Utilities President and CEO Tim Henderson and Richard Russell of TVA at Peyton’s headquarters at 153 Refreshment Lane.

The lighting retrofit of changing approximately 3,400 fixtures to LEDs took approximately four months.

CU’s Jamie Creekmore, supervisor of Customer Relations, said the upgrade at Peyton’s will result in utility savings as well as provision of the incentive funds.

Engineer Richard Russell represented TVA at the presentation. Peyton officials joining Freeman were Maintenance Supervisor Jim Kimsey, and assistant managers Robert Brooks and Chuck Ingram

The incentive was part of TVA’s EnergyRight programs, which provides financial assistance to help reduce the cost of implementing more energy-efficient equipment. These incentives are offered through participating local power companies (like Cleveland Utilities) in partnership with TVA.

Other Cleveland Utilities’ officials attending the program were Electric Division Vice President Bart Borden, Vice President of Administrative Services John Corum, and Creekmore.

At conclusion of the check presentation, Freeman and Peyton’s other supervisors, conducted a tour of the company’s facilities off APD 40 in South Cleveland.

She explained that Peyton’s Southeastern began operation in Bradley County in 1979, and has continued to grow and expand over the following 38 years.

Kroger’s is a huge U.S. corporation, being founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1883 by Bernard Kroger. It is the nation’s largest supermarket chain by revenue according to Google research ($115.34 billion for fiscal year 2016).

Kroger’s was the second-largest general retailer behind Walmart in the U.S., and 23rd largest company. In 2016, it claimed 2,778 supermarkets and multi-department stores, 1,360 supermarket fuel centers and 2,122 pharmacies.

Freeman said the Cleveland/Bradley County facility distributes to 826 Kroger stores across the Southeast, from West Virginia to Texas.

The local distribution center opened in 1979 with 150,000 square feet of space, and three major expansions have pushed that to the current 696,000 square feet of space. The company has 1,025 employees at the local facility.

The tour included the original warehouse/storage area, and on into the expansion portion of the local plant. There was the arrival dock, storage areas, the expansive warehouse, and loading/outgoing area. Workers and fork lifts were dodging back and forth throughout the plant.

The visitors also got to view a new enclosed area in the plant. This is an etching center where items listed as high-theft risks are etched with identification numbers.

The distribution center is a seven-day, 24-hour operation, and Freeman said 135,000 to 140,000 items are picked and moved each shift.

Former senior supply chain manager Marc Nabbefeldt held that position for 20 years, until his retirement in 2015. Freeman has moved into that position since that time, and supervises of the 1,000-plus employees.

Cleveland Utilities TVA officials were appreciative of the tour of the Peyton’s Southeastern facilities.


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