Berl’s Commercial Supply Celebrates a Major Expansion with a Groundbreaking Ceremony
Berl’s Commercial Supply celebrated a major expansion with a groundbreaking ceremony for its new warehouse at 168 Thunder Rd in Mooresville NC on Wednesday, Oct 4th, 2023.
The groundbreaking marks the beginning of construction of the new headquarters and warehouse of Berl’s Commercial Supply. The warehouse is being constructed by Empire Building Group, which has built several other industrial buildings in the area. Engineering work is being done by Darden Engineering Services PLLC.
Berl’s (www.berls.com) is currently located at 129 Oakpark Dr., also in Mooresville. Berl’s was founded in 2008, as a distributor of restroom hand dryers, by industry veteran, Christopher Berl. Initially known as Restroom Direct, the company quickly expanded from Dyson, World Dryer, and Excel Dryer hand dryers to sell other commercial restroom accessories by major manufacturers such as ASI, Bobrick, Bradley, Suitmate and Zurn plumbing products. Today, Berl’s is also one of the top distributors of Elkay drinking fountains and bottle filling stations in the United States.
Berl’s continued to grow throughout Covid with the expansion of its ArmPull™ and FootPull™ line of door hardware that allows users to open doors without having to touch them with their hands. In addition to the United States, the company also sells the same and similar products throughout Europe through Berl’s sister company, Bavada, Ltd. (www.bavada.com) Bavada is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, and utilizes a warehouse in the Netherlands to deliver products throughout Europe, with a focus on Germany, France, and the Netherlands.
“Iredell County in general, and Mooresville in particular, is the place we want to be,” says Chris Berl, President of Berl’s Commercial Supply. “We have experienced tremendous growth since we moved to Iredell, and this new location primes us for continued growth in the future.”
“I can’t wait to move to the new location!” says Jose Lopez, Warehouse Manager at Berl’s Commercial Supply. “It’s going to have everything that we need to grow, and then some.”
“What many people don’t see,” say Kelly Layman, Customer Relations Manager, “is how centrally located Iredell County is, when it comes to shipping in the US. Using regular ground shipping, we are two days from most spots on the East coast: from Maine to Chicago to Florida. So, we hit much of the population quickly and economically. Our customers love it.”
Jenn Bosser, President & CEO, Iredell County Economic Development Corporation, had a similar sentiment: “We’re excited to see another successful small business, with international connections, continue to expand and grow in the Town of Mooresville,” said Jenn. “Iredell County is a major transportation corridor with access via I77, I40, and I85, connecting 72% of the US within a 2-day trucking drive, and a 40-minute drive to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the sixth busiest airport in the world.”
Having moved from Mr. Berl’s Garage in Davidson, to one, then two, then three, small warehouses in Huntersville, Berl’s moved to the current, 20,000 sq ft location on Oakpark Drive in Mooresville in 2018. Since that time, the company continued to grow and outgrow its footprint. The expansion into the Thunder Rd location represents another jump in capacity, this time to a total footprint of 71,500 square feet. The new location will have 8 bay doors including 5 loading docks. Twenty Thousand square feet, including one loading dock, one drive-up dock and office space, will be available to rent in 2024 to another business looking to expand in the Mooresville area at that time.
Thunder Road is off Mazeppa Rd in Mooresville. As the name suggests, Thunder Road, like Mooresville itself, is home to several NASCAR businesses. It is also adjacent to Carolina Beverage Group and is part of South Fork Business Park.