Dixon Valve (www.dixonvalve.com) has opened a new manufacturing and warehouse facility in Houston, Texas. The 70,000 sq. ft. facility distributes Dixon products to customers throughout Texas and the Gulf Coast/Southwest region, as well as becoming the new manufacturing location for the company's Holedall fittings and related products.
The facility replaces another Dixon facility nearby. According to Bob Grace, vice president of distribution, the new complex provides a state-of-the-art facility for both manufacturing and warehousing. The building features 30-ft. ceilings and high-racking storage, along with significantly more total warehouse space, enabling Dixon to stock a larger volume and variety of products for ready delivery to customers.
"We are able to increase the number of orders shipped same-day," Grace reported. "Also, our new location is more convenient to major Interstate highway arteries, making it easier for customers who want to pick their orders up," he said.
The new facility has an upgraded product training center. Dixon offers numerous technical and sales training courses for distributors and customers that pertain to its wide-ranging hose assembly, couplings and fittings product lines.
In addition to warehouse operations and the training center, the facility is the new home of the company's Holedall fittings manufacturing operations. Up to now, those operations have been located in Houma, La. Holedall products, which are sold primarily into the oil and gas drilling industry, have their largest market in the Gulf Coast region. The new Houston location makes it easier and faster for Dixon to manufacture and supply Holedall couplings, ferrules and swage stems to customers.
"Having the manufacturing facility located in the same general area as the plating and heat-treating operations is more operationally efficient," Wayne Spurrier, vice president, and general manager of Dixon Boss said. Dixon plans to utilize its improved facility to expand its manufacturing operations during the coming year to include the production of larger fittings.
Dixon's new Houston facility is one of 12 company-owned branch/warehouse facilities in the company's network, with locations stretching from New York to California. The new facility underscores the company's commitment to improving product availability, delivery and reliability - with same-day shipment and delivery capabilities available to as many customers as possible.