Michelin has opened its largest warehouse and distribution center near Greenville in South Carolina. The Woodruff U70 is the largest distribution center in the Michelin Group
Woodruff U70 will accommodate over 4 million tires a year with a unique automated system for the most efficient distribution to all our customers in North America. Construction began in November 2016 and now the site is fully operational. Raising these five buildings from the ground was a herculean task, as each is the equivalent of nine football fields and the total area covered by the center is just over 3 million square feet.
Thanks to its unique automated system, a first in Michelin’s supply chain network, the site will be capable of processing over 200,000 tires a day, 24/7, with turnarounds of 100 to 120 trucks per day. This represents a capacity of up to 550 trucks serving nearly 3 thousand customers.
The installation of the automated system was also completed in 2018 and today has 16 operational robots and 29 cranes.
The Systems team has implemented two important digital elements in the architecture: the warehouse management system (WM6) and the Yard Management System (YMS). In line with Michelin’s sustainability commitments, barcodes, scanners RFID chips and computers have replaced all paper. U70 is the company’s first genuinely paper-free site.