Participating in the ceremonial ribbon cutting for the new Norris Sales facility in Plymouth Meeting (L-R) are Lenore Bruno, vice chair, Plymouth Township Council; Martin Higgins, Plymouth Township Council; Karen Weiss, Plymouth Township manager; Dean Eis
Norris Sales’ new facility in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., is 55,000 sq. ft. on approximately 6 acres. To get a sense of just how big it is, an NFL football field (end zones included), is approximately 57,000 sq. ft. on just over 1 acre of land.
The new site is almost double the size of the company’s previous location. In addition to consolidating five buildings into one, some highlights include a showroom that can hold three times the amount of products and nine service bays that house two 5-ton (4.5 t) overhead bridge cranes and 2-ton (1.8 t) jibs.
The employees are really proud and delighted to be here every day, according to Karen Zajick, Norris Sales president and treasurer.
“The new facility also makes it easier for our customers,” she said. “Now they can come to one location where parts and service are conveniently co-located. They no longer have to drive from one building to another to get the products they need.”
“We really hope that this building elevates our service and provides every customer with a best-in-class customer experience,” she added. “Our goal is to be able to fulfill all customer requests and now with 17,500 sq. ft. warehouse we can easily stock a wide offering of products. That’s something we have always strived to do and now we are proud that we have the facility that can accomplish it.”
Norris Sales has three road service trucks, plus a few smaller service vehicles, that will work out of the new facility. The new Plymouth Meeting location has 17 full-time service staff, while the company’s other location in Sicklerville, N.J., has 11.
Years in the Planning
The company began its search for a new location five years ago, necessitated by the onset of the Lafayette Street corridor project.
“The project was taking a tremendous amount of frontage from our space — ten feet off the front, forty feet off the side, bringing in a five-lane road up Diamond Ave.,” Zajick said. “We just couldn’t operate efficiently in the space any longer given all the changes.”
The new facility was built from the ground up, in just over a year. The contractor was Ram Construction.
“It was a flat piece of land and we knew it would work well for our operation. We were able to buy another 1.6 acres from an adjacent lot in the rear which enabled us to have enough room for all of our equipment on site,” Zajick said.
Norris Sales is in the process of planning a celebratory open house event at its new facility in the coming months.
For more information, visit http://www.norrissales.com/.