Siemens Ribbon Cutting Today

Siemens Industry Inc.’s ribbon cutting for its newest Memphis-area distribution center is slated for this morning, just three miles from Memphis International Airport.

The new 619,000-square-foot facility – expected to create about 150 jobs – will improve customer service by simplifying the chain of distribution, reducing the costs of distribution and shortening the order time.

Currently, about 10 percent of shipments are split between two or more distribution centers. The new center will aid in fewer split shipments and will allow customers to view inventory in one location and receive their order in two days or less.

The center will feature Siemens technologies in its security systems, lighting and conveyor systems. The energy-efficient facility also includes with skylights – reducing the amount of lighting needed – as well as motion sensors on lights in the warehouse and offices.

The inauguration and ribbon cutting will take place Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., 101 Airport Industrial Drive. Expected guests include Daryl Dulaney, president and CEO of Siemens; Roger Wicker and Merle Flowers, Mississippi senators; Wanda Jennings, Southaven representative; Greg Davis, Mayor of Southaven; and Greg Guy, Southaven City Councilman.