Baldwin Filters recently announced plans to break ground on a new 400,000-square-foot distribution center, which will be located to the east of its facility in Kearney, Neb. Distribution operations in the current 110,000-square-foot distribution center, which was built in 1998, have exceeded capacity, spurring the need for additional space.

"The primary use of the expansion will be to improve distribution operations, consolidate off-site rental space and reorganize the current facility to improve manufacturing operations," said Sam Ferrise, president of Baldwin Filters. "This is a very large undertaking and represents a substantial $40-million investment for Baldwin Filters. It's indicative of our continued commitment to the Kearney area and should have a significant economic impact for some time to come."

The expansion will create a construction zone adjacent to and east of Baldwin Filters, and will utilize the land made available as a result of the 2008 relocation of Airport Road. With the expansion, Baldwin Filters' corporate headquarters will encompass nearly 1 million square feet.

"The city of Kearney, along with Buffalo County, has been very supportive of our plans to expand, and we deeply appreciate their support," said Dan Schulte, Baldwin's vice president of operations. "Every effort will be made to minimize disturbance to traffic patterns and access during the construction process."

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