OGDEN -- Quality Bicycle Products has begun full operations at its new, environmentally friendly 85,000-square-foot distribution center in Ogden.
The facility, which provides bicycle parts, accessories and apparel to more than 5,000 retailers across the country, is just off 12th Street adjacent to Ogden Nature Center.
The Bloomington, Minn.-based distribution center, which houses more than 14,000 items, is beneficial because it is close to major highway and rail routes, allowing speedy shipping to customers within an 11-state Western region, said Steve Flagg, president of QBP.
By greatly reducing the need for airfreight, the facility also benefits the environment, he said.
"Orders shipped by air emit nine times more carbon dioxide than ground orders, and airfreight rates tend to rise exponentially faster than ground freight as fuel prices rise," Flagg said in a prepared statement.
"The Utah team has created an entirely new part of QBP from the ground up, and they've done it in keeping with our focus on customers and service."
The distribution center has a state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable design that the company expects to achieve the LEED Gold designation awarded by the Green Building Certification Institute.
Features include advanced wastewater technologies, high-efficiency appliances and a design that capitalizes on natural light.
Additionally, a 39.5-kilowatt solar-panel array provides a portion of the building's energy, and a 170-well geothermal system offers heat and cooling in all seasons.
The building is designed to work harmoniously with the natural environment, and the facility's grounds have a graded parking lot that channels storm runoff into a retention pond.
Other features include rock gardens that promote evaporation and natural breakdown of chemical pollutants, as well as drought-resistant native plants that don't need irrigation or maintenance.