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Ralco opens new distribution center

The facility allows more space for employee offices and product containment all in one location.

Ralco opens new distribution center
Ralco Operations team involved in the construction of the new distribution center. From left to right: Dennis Conlon, Dave Einerson, Monty Leysen, Rob Falconer and Tyler Laleman.
January 4, 2022

Ralco opened a new 37,500-square-foot distribution center along Highway 23 in Marshall, Minnesota, USA. The new distribution center helps consolidate two Ralco properties into one. Previously, Ralco’s distribution center was located on Lake Road. The new building was constructed to merge the distribution center with the existing Ralco East Complex on Highway 23, allowing more space for employee offices and product containment all in one location. 

“While the locations don’t seem far apart, Ralco trucks transfer 10-20 loads per day between Ralco’s East Complex and the old distribution center on Lake Road,” said Dave Einerson, logistics manager for Ralco. “The elimination of those loads will save us valuable time and make us more efficient for our customers.” 

The distribution center will be able to hold 100 truckloads of product and includes six loading docks versus the previous capacity of 80 truckloads and four docks. “The additional loading space will make us much less congested during peak loading and unloading times,” said Einerson. “Even better, trucks can get loaded and drive directly onto Highway 23 to start their transit.”

This distribution center announcement follows Ralco’s recent groundbreakings for both a new office location in downtown Marshall as well as a new research farm north of Marshall.

“If you think about it, Ralco’s first distribution center was my grandpa Bob’s two-stall garage on 2nd and James Street in Marshall and now we’ve grown to 37,500 square feet,” said Brian Knochenmus, president and CEO of Ralco. “The recent groundbreakings and spaces we’re creating for our people to work and innovate will help expand natural solutions for our customers for the next 50 years.”