Distribution Center

Commercial Distribution Center – Versatile Buildings For All Distribution Needs

ClearSpan structures are an excellent and cost-effective choice for commercial distribution centers. Our logistics & transport buildings offer a unique design that provides ample height and extraordinary clearance for your manufacturing and warehousing needs. There are no internal columns to interfere with forklifts or other heavy machinery, allowing for ease of movement and maximum usable space. Our warehouse buildings provide an inviting atmosphere that people appreciate and enjoy working in.

While distribution centers require many different and precise specifications, ClearSpan can create a building to fit all of your needs.


Thule, Inc.

-Seymour, Conn.

Challenge – Protection for employees during inclement weather
Solution – Hercules Truss Arch Building
Size – 20'W x 42'6"L
Application – Covered unloading dock

Established in Sweden in 1942, Thule, Inc. is a manufacturer of car rack systems for a wide range of outdoor equipment, including bikes, skis, canoes, kayaks and luggage. Read More

The company’s U.S. headquarters facility is located in Seymour, Connecticut, where Dan Orth serves as facility manager and manufacturing

engineer manager for the company.

Employees at the facility are frequently required to unload shipments from flatbed trucks, and this task was made difficult during inclement weather with an exposed unloading area. “We were using an unprotected loading dock and we were concerned with the safety and comfort of our employees,” stated Orth. “We wanted a structure to protect both the workers and materials during unloading operations.”

After conducting research on various structures online, Orth decided that a Hercules Truss Arch Building from ClearSpan Fabric Structures was a good fit for the company’s facility. “The cost effectiveness and speed of assembly were why we went with a ClearSpan building,” explained Orth. “We love how it lets in natural light during the day, offering good visibility and safety for employees. Plus, the building requires virtually no maintenance.”

The company is pleased with their 20’ wide by 42’6” long building. “We have had no problems with leakage during rain, snow or sleet. Everything went as planned and the building is effective for its intended purpose, but we also have had the surprise benefit of using it as a garage for other vehicles when employees aren’t using the unloading dock,” added Orth. “The structure is working out great.”

For more information on Thule, Inc. and their ClearSpan structure, contact Dan Orth at Dan.Orth@Thule.com.



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