Sazerac Co., Metairie, La., is scheduled to install automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) and Savanna.Net warehouse management system (WMS) software, provided by York, Pa.-based Westfalia Technologies Inc., in two of its Kentucky distilleries: Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort and The Glenmore Distillery in Owensboro. The Sazerac Co. is the first U.S. spirits producer to use AS/RS technology, according to Westfalia.

Westfalia will install its Satellite AS/RS technology at both sites. This technology eliminates moving parts in the rack structure and allows greater throughput with less machinery, resulting in lower energy consumption and system maintenance costs, it says. When coupled with Westfalia’s Savanna.Net WMS, the system delivers complete warehouse automation with material flow control, order management, reporting, logging and more.

At Buffalo Trace, the new 83,000-square-foot warehouse addition will store approximately 10,000 pallets with room for expansion. The Glenmore Distillery is building a new 223,000-square-foot distribution center that will be dedicated to the storage and processing of palletized and layer-picked orders.

“We are very proud we are able to continue to invest in our future,” said Mark Brown, president and chief executive officer of Sazerac Co., in a statement. Through our partnership with Westfalia Technologies, we’ll have state-of-the-art distribution centers, which will allow us to serve our customers even better.”

Dan Labell, owner and president of Westfalia Technologies, added: “I am pleased that Sazerac chose Westfalia to bring AS/RS technology to the spirits industry. Our product quality, coupled with our advanced WMS software, separate Westfalia from other vendors. Every Westfalia design reflects the ultimate in innovation based not only on customers' metrics, but also on their mission [and] vision for today and tomorrow.”

For more information about Westfalia’s AS/RS solutions, view Westfalia’s interactive benefits calculator and watch the video below.