Pacific STIHL, a division of STIHL Inc., recently hosted a building dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate a move to a new company-owned facility in Visalia, California. The new facility nearly triples the square footage available to Pacific STIHL to approximately 140,000 square feet on eight acres, more than doubles its dock doors from eight to 18, and enables it to continue same day fulfillment of dealer orders. This is Pacific STIHL’S second expansion in five years.
The expansion represents a commitment to the community. Various local leaders and business owners were on hand including the Deputy City Manager, Eric Frost. Additionally, the local Chamber of Commerce sponsored the Ribbon Cutting, with Larry Blamer, branch manager, using a STIHL MSA 200 C-BQ chainsaw.
“Our last move was meant to carry us through 10 years of anticipated growth,” said Larry Blamer, whose territory encompasses STIHL dealers in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and Guam. “We’ve outgrown it in five.”
A brief presentation about the STIHL history and company philosophy was followed by a facility tour by Ted Kujawski, sales manager. The design of the new regional headquarters takes advantage of energy efficiencies and incorporates the latest in warehouse distribution technology. It also features expanded training facilities for sales and service training of STIHL dealers from the Pacific STIHL territory, including new dealer orientation, introductory service technician training, and Silver Level STIHL MasterWrench Service Training.