Packaging supplier plans Fairfield 'megacenter'

[caption id="attachment_85352" align="alignnone" width="450"] The planned second, 473,000-square-foot building for Saxco International in Fairfield will be a larger version of this building completed late last year next door for Encore Glass. (image credit: Colliers International)[/caption]

FAIRFIELD -- A major Pennsylvania-based alcoholic-beverage packaging distributor plans to consolidate its Bay Area operations, which have grown rapidly in recent years through several acquisitions and increasing demand from breweries, into a planned Fairfield "megacenter" set to have nearly 11 acres under roof when completed, anticipated for the end of this year.

Horsham, Penn.-based Saxco International (215-443-8100, came into the Bay Area with the acquisitions of California Glass in Oakland and Demptos Glass in Fairfield in recent years and of Synergy Glass & Packaging in Benicia in November. The company has become a dominant player in the West and has more than 2,000 customers.

Now the seven-decade-old company wants to consolidate two warehouses in Fairfield, one in Oakland and overflow space in Benicia into a 473,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center to be built at the 52-acre Solano Logistics Center project, located at the southeast corner of Cordelia and Hale Ranch roads in Fairfield. Saxco would end up with 25 percent more space in the process, according to Matthew Malenfant, chief executive officer.

"The building will be our flagship warehouse for bottles and packaging for wine and beer in the Northwest," Mr. Malenfant said. The company employs more than 200 in the Bay Area, and that isn't expected to change in the new facility, he said.

Saxco's lease of the forthcoming building, signed in the last few days of 2013 with an entity managed by Sacramento-based Buzz Oates Group of Companies, gives the company the option to expand next year into a planned 177,000-square-foot adjacent warehouse.

[caption id="attachment_85987" align="alignright" width="320"] Saxco International's custom packing center in Fairfield is a major driver for the planned expansion, packing 2 million cases in the first six months of operation since starting in June 2013.[/caption]

While wine remains the biggest part of Saxco's business, the fastest-growing part of the business are sales to breweries, particularly producers of craft beer, according to Mr. Malenfant.

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