2011 was a year of major upgrades in warehousing and material handling operations at FW Warehousing, a Midwest leader in warehousing and distribution based in St. Louis with facilities in three states. The firm undertook an intense RFP to study and analyze its forklift fleet. The goal was to “Right-Size” the fleet, standardize specifications, and achieve the most efficient warehousing operation for its customers.
“A number of forklift companies were invited to conduct detailed surveys and offer recommendations to improve our operations,” said Bob Klunk, Director of Operations for FW. “In the final analysis, we chose Forklifts of St Louis / Toyota Material Handling as our Strategic Partner. The ROI we achieved in efficiency, service, quality, and safety, made Forklifts of St Louis and Toyota the clear choice. With more than 30% of the FW fleet now upgraded to the most efficient forklift equipment in the industry, FW has taken customer service to a new level – for all aspects of warehousing and distribution business.”
Forklifts of St Louis Inc. and Toyota Material Handling are celebrating more than 50 years in the material handling business, with Toyota being the #1 selling forklift in the U.S. since 2002. Quality is the hallmark of the Toyota Production System practiced at all Toyota manufacturing facilities, including Toyota Industrial Equipment’s Forklift Plant in Columbus, Indiana, which is a zero-landfill facility.
Forklifts of St Louis Inc. has been honored as a consistent recipient of Toyota’s Presidents Award, and Service Excellence Awards. Toyota is a member of the National Safety Council, complies with ISO 14001 standards, and has been honored for their environmental management systems and dedication to continuous improvement. The FW Warehousing / Forklifts of St Louis partnership will serve the FW warehousing and distribution customers well in the years ahead.
Choosing the right material handling provider is not only important for productivity within a business, but it’s also important for the safety of everyone who works within the warehouse walls. FW Warehousing strives to go above and beyond to provide the safest warehouses for customers and employees.
For more information about available services with FW, visit the FW Warehousing Services page.
FW Warehousing is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with Midwest warehouse distribution centers in Kansas City, Indianapolis and St. Louis totaling more than four million square feet. Founded in 1949 with a focus on food-grade storage, FW later broadened its services to include contract warehousing, dry storage, hazardous material and chemical storage, temperature-controlled storage, product distribution and B2B and B2C fulfillment.
FW Warehousing has more than 50 years of experience in third-party 3PL logistics and has been ranked in the top 100 Third Party Logistic Companies in the country by Inbound Logistics Magazine.