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Gaining New Floor Space

If there’s one concern that most auto-motive dealerships share, floor space would be it ... and more specifically, a lack of it.

Between the showrooms, lobbies and Service bays, there’s not a lot of room left over to store the more unglamorous items in the typical dealership. Auto parts, records and files need a home -- and need to be out of sight. Often, the consensus has been that any available open space was the right space to store things. However, this has left dealer-ships crammed, unorganized and not very efficient.

Fortunately there’s a solution to dealerships’ storage dilemmas – a solution that can often be found by simply looking up. Mezzanine platforms and vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRCs) offer a newfound wealth of space without the need to expand the building’s footprint. Just how are dealerships using mezzanine platforms and VRCs to their advantage? It starts by identifying a need and taking a more creative approach to gaining new space.

Need Space? Look up

Mezzanine platforms are a great solution to fully utilize existing overhead space. When compared to the time and cost of expanding an existing facility to gain new space, adding a platform is more advantageous for a number of reasons. First, a mezzanine platform can be custom designed and installed in a matter of weeks at a fraction of the cost of new construction. Second, platforms meet stringent industry standards for local, state and national building codes. Third, platforms are custom built to customer’s exact specifications for optimal performance, functionality and space utilization.

Many dealerships are using mezzanine platforms for the storage of common automotive replacement parts, as well as larger, bulkier items such as tires, engines, etc. The space that mezzanine platforms create also allows dealer-ships to locate offices and work stations above the main floor.

Gary Drewing definitely sees the power firsthand of what mezzanine platforms and VRCs bring to his business. Drewing, owner of Joe Machens Dealerships, which operates 10 automotive dealer-ships throughout Missouri, credits the combination of mezzanine platforms and VRCs for helping his businesses operate more effectively.

Drewing began adding mezzanine plat-forms to his dealerships several years ago when those locales were running out of space to store parts and equip-ment. As a Parts distributor for several Ford dealerships in the St. Louis area, some of Drewing’s facilities carry extra parts. The need for space was great and the mezzanine platforms proved to be the right answer.

“It’s the best thing we’ve ever done,” Drewing said. “We were totally out of space and without the mezzanine plat-forms, it would have forced us to add on to our buildings.”

Considering his dealerships carry large amounts of parts, the mezzanine plat-forms have allowed Drewing to easily accommodate that inventory in an organized fashion.