REI Co-op builds a state-of-the-art distribution center in Lebanon, TN that prioritizes employee experience, environmental impact and community connections

REI’s Lebanon The distribution center covers an area of ​​approximately 400,000 square feet and employs more than 280 employees. It is located on an area of ​​41 acres in Wilson CountyThe facility will be one mile off I-40 and three miles from downtown Lebanon At 1400 Murfreesboro Road. The site will significantly reduce shipping times to fulfill customers’ online purchases and will be able to support more than 70 REI stores. Approximately 5.6 million REI members live in the new Distribution Center service area.
The. Neyer is a collaborative partner for the new distribution center. The NashvilleSupport the team based on site selection and land purchase; share with Lebanon elected officials and the Economic Development Board; and facilitating application processes with regional energy suppliers. In addition, Al. Neyer is the architect and general contractor for the project.

Opening a distribution center in Lebanon REI strategizes for growth and complements the service areas of our other distribution facilities. Most importantly, the center will reflect the values ​​of cooperation by putting people first and applying a new standard in fighting the climate crisis, says Bill Best, REI’s vice president of supply chain. “We have a strong local partner who understands the REI brand, ethos of sustainability and an interest in creating healthier communities.”

“Al. Neyer’s integrated team of developers, licensed architects and construction management experts are excited to partner with REI to deliver a best-in-class distribution center that will set an important precedent for sustainability in Greater Nashville and beyond” Justin Hartung, The. Neyer Vice President of Design and Construction. “Our team has worked closely with REI over the past year and a half to develop this ground-breaking facility that will not only be a great place to work and a great addition to the community, but will also make a lasting positive impact on the environment.”

REI . is selected Lebanon After looking at several other locations in the South and considering key factors that included, but are not limited to, general population statistics, labor market potential, building readiness, current regional environmental commitments, and construction cost.

REI believes that climate change is, without a doubt, the greatest existential threat to both cooperation and the planet. As the cooperative makes investments to better serve its growing members and the outside community, it is also taking action on climate change by committing to cut carbon emissions by more than half by 2030. REI is also increasing its influence in the retail industry to encourage broader change, including Growing a responsible footprint, launching product impact standards, empowering employees and members to take a stand on issues critical for the future, and more.

The Lebanon The facility will complement the three distribution centers located at REI in Bedford, Pennsylvania. ; Goodyear, Arizona. ; And Sumner, Washington. It is worth mentioning that Bedford And new Year The sites have been certified by the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The Goodyear distribution center, which opened in 2016, has been awarded LEED Platinum certification — the highest level in the US Green Building Council (USGBC) green building rating system — and the first distribution center in the country to receive both LEED Platinum and Net Zero Energy certification.

REI’s Lebanon The distribution center is created with industry-leading sustainability and technology features that compliment it Arizona location. The design is anchored in a productive and healthy built environment that intentionally takes into account how employees work, comfort and connection to nature. The building will address the full life cycle of carbon impacts by utilizing 100% renewable and 100% electrical energy and operating as a zero-waste facility. REI will also be an active participant in regional renewable energy solutions.

“REI is a respected brand that outdoor enthusiasts have trusted for over 80 years, and I am proud to have chosen the company Tennessee About its latest distribution center “Stock Portfolios Bill Lee. “Our state’s central location and unparalleled quality of life make it the ideal destination for a company very committed to outdoor recreation, and I thank REI for their commitment and job creation in Lebanon. ”

Community investments, partnerships and advocacy for external access
As a member-owned cooperative, REI shares its profits annually with the outside community through member earnings and bonuses, employee retirement contributions, and investment in nonprofit partners.

REI actively partners with nonprofit organizations across the country to nurture and maintain local trails and public lands to connect more people abroad. Over the past five years, the cooperative has invested more than 440 thousand dollars at TennesseeAccredited Land Agencies and Non-Profit Partners. In 2021, 102,000 dollars Invested in 17 organizations including the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, Friends of the Smokies and the Great Smoky Mountains Institute in TremontLula Lake Land Trust, Overton Park Conservancy, Southeastern Climbers Coalition, Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association, and others.

The Cooperative launched the Cooperative Action Fund earlier this year, a community-supported public charity that aims to harness the collective power of the co-op’s 20 million members and 15,000 employees to build a more just, equitable and inclusive outside culture. three Tennessee Groups that received grants in the fund’s first investment round, including Adaptative Adventures in Nashville And black girls are running! Foundation classes in Memphis And Nashville.

“Even before we start operating at full capacity, we look forward to becoming a partner in Lebanon And beyond,” Best adds.

REI’s Tennessee Presence
REI has more than 267,000 lifetime members in the state, and the company opened its first retail store in Brentwood, Tennessee in 1999. Today, REI operates five stores and employs nearly 300 professionals in the state.

Additionally, REI’s Adventure Trekking Company has operated guided tours in Great Smoky Mountains National Park for 14 years. The company has six multi-day adventure trips through the park with backpacking, hiking, multisport, and rafting. The destination is always one of the most popular co-op spots in the national park system. In the past five years, REI has hosted more than 2,800 guests at Great Smokies, many of whom have been first-time visitors.

About REI Co-op
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer based near Seattle. REI, the nation’s largest consumer cooperative, is a growing community of more than 20 million members who expect and love the best quality equipment, inspiring expert classes and excursions, and outstanding customer service. REI has 174 locations in 41 states and District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop on, REI Outlet, or the REI Shopping App. REI is not just equipment. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company, which operates more than 100 itineraries across the country. In the many communities where REI is present, professionally trained coaches share their expertise by hosting classes and workshops from beginner to advanced on a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life abroad possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create and nurture access to the outdoors that inspires and nurtures us all.

About Al. yoke
For more than 125 years, Al. Neyer has provided a full range of real estate development and design building solutions for commercial clients. Founded in 1894 and employee owned since 2014, the company specializes in mixed-use urban developments and commercial space built to fit commercial spaces including corporate headquarters, medical office buildings, and multi-unit residential and industrial facilities. The. Neyer is consistently known for its ability to collaborate, deliver greater value, higher quality, and faster project delivery. The. The headquarters of Neyer is located in Cincinnatihas offices in NashvilleAnd RallyAnd PittsburghIt serves a local, regional and national client base. More information about the company can be found at

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