GE has opened a new facility in Mississippi designed to make it easier to distribute parts for wind turbines and solar technologies from a central location.
The new logistics center in Olive Branch is located about 23 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee, and is also near a FedEx hub facility. The center is more than three times the size of GE’s previous distribution facility. GE chose the site to help speed up customer response times across North America as more wind- and solar-energy projects are developed across the region, and existing installations require maintenance and parts.
The building itself is also green. It received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the US Green Building Council in 2009. Sustainable features include skylights for natural lighting, upgraded insulation, an efficient warehouse lighting system and highly reflective white “TPO” (thermoplastic polyolefin) roofing to reduce cooling loads.