active DC in the state, replaces a 400,000-square-
foot regional distribution center in Mercer County.
At 1.3 million square-feet, Travaglini says the new
facility has drastically increased the available inventory
“In the other building we had about 150,000 items in
stock, but at this facility we have more than 300,000 items
and we’re still growing,” Travaglini says. “We are very
well positioned now in terms of our inventory offering
for our customers.”
As with all real estate, location is king and things were
no different for Grainger when selecting a new home for
its regional DC. Bordentown, about eight miles south of
the state capitol in Trenton, was a perfect spot due to its
proximity to major highways and parcel and LTL carrier
partners, which is critical to maintain Grainger’s next-day
Travaglini says the company also didn’t want to build
a facility that was too far away from the old building
in order to maintain its dedicated workforce. The
Bordertown DC is only a 15-minute drive from it.
“We knew we had to hire, but we didn’t want to move
so far that it was going to cause a lot of our existing
team members to have no choice but to basically resign
their positions if they didn’t want to relocate,” Travaglini
explains. “So, for some people it’s an extra 15 minutes but
for other folks it is 15 minutes closer. We had a position
here for every one of our employees.”
Any employees that did leave with the move were from
retirements, Travaglini says.
“They had a very long tenure with the company. They
wanted to close up that building and were ready to retire
with it,” Travaglini says.
A lot of planning went into the design and construction
of Grainger’s Bordentown distribution center. The gold
LEED-certified building utilizes natural light wherever
possible, while motion-activated LED lighting reduces
energy usage. Oh, and about half of the roof is covered in
Grainger’s Bordertown, NJ distribution center currently
employs approximately 600 people, with room to grow.