The Future of Cold Storage: McDonough, Georgia

March 2018

Burris Logistics -McDonough, Georgia

Roughly one year ago this month, Ron Kaphers, General Manager held a shiny shovel to the ground at 350 King Mill Road in McDonough, Georgia where our newest state of the art refrigerated warehouse now stands. At 250,000 square feet with 28,000 pallet positions total, it is Burris Logistics’ second largest warehouse and notably offers our partners the unique ability to reach 80% of the population of the United States within a 2-day transit time.

General Manager, Ron Kaphers

At Burris Logistics, we truly believe that the “Right People are Our Greatest Asset.”

As the ARCO Design/Build Team constructed our warehouse over the past year, Ron Kaphers and HR Manager Chris Reynolds assembled a winning combination of fresh and familiar faces to take good care of our customers. In the true spirit of “Make It Happen,” instead of tapping toes and wringing hands in anticipation, they traveled to train and work side by side with the Team Members at Jacksonville, FL, Lyndhurst, VA and Rocky Hill, CT.  For the Team, this was a departure from the norm and meant sacrificing personal time with friends and family during work sprints. For their leaders, it meant supporting the Team in creative ways such as regular contact with family members, pairing inexperienced travelers with seasoned partners, and facilitating regular open dialog among the groups. The entire experience resulted in strong personal bonds and a deep sense of culture for everyone involved.

Ron Kaphers and Jack Jaggers (ARCO) with McDonough’s Certificate of Occupancy

Communication and Collaboration

The level of tech-enabled communication and collaboration was impressive for this project. A live video feed was embedded into the site during construction so that Team Members, Vendors, Customers, or any interested community member could see real-time progress. Beautiful images of the new facility and the Team were uploaded to a shared photo stream service on a daily basis. Updates were posted to social media and to the Team Member focused website, This allowed everyone to share in the excitement, not just those lucky enough to travel to McDonough to lend a hand for the start-up.

Making History

Every “first” at McDonough will one day be part of Burris’ rich history which dates back to 1925 when John W. Burris and his father, Edward, worked together shipping tomatoes from the Delmarva Peninsula into Philadelphia. On the return trip, they carried Acme Markets’ bread to its Delmarva region stores.

Throughout its 93 year history, Burris has branched into food-service redistribution, public refrigerated warehousing and custom/Retail specialty work.

Top: Start Up Team Bottom from left: Mike Piscitelli Regional Vice President and Donnie Burris, CEO, Silviu Miran, Lloyd Keys, Vocollect Training with Team

We are so proud of the McDonough Team and of those who pitched in to help. Thank you!


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