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W&H Systems 50th Anniversary Video

W&H Systems recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary in April 2014. The company was started in 1964 by Frank W. Hoenigmann and Kent F. Warner. Originally the company was named Warner & Hoenigmann, and then changed to W&H Conveyor Systems. As they added more material handling automation equipment, the company changed the name to what it is today, W&H Systems. Today, the wine and spirits distribution business represents about 40 percent of revenues, retailing about 50 percent, and e-commerce about 10 percent.

The company has a large staff of electrical, mechanical and software engineers, who design the physical system of conveyor, racks and bins — the “muscle” of the system, as well as the information technology “brains” that tells the machines what to do. W&H Systems demonstrates everyday their ability to deliver what they promise and do so while practicing the strongest business ethics.

Wirtz Beverage Group

W&H Systems designed the new distribution center for Wirtz Beverage Illinois that enabled them to consolidate 3 regional warehouses and an office complex into one central distribution center in Cicero, IL. This new DC not only optimized their distribution processes but it also provided Wirtz Beverage the capacity to handle expected sales growth for years to come. Featuring AS/RS, High speed combiners and shipping sorter, voice picking technology, etc.

Empire Merchants, Wine & Spirits Distribution in Brooklyn NY

Facing growing order fulfillment and maintenance problems with a 35 year old paper-based, manual console-merge system; Empire Merchants knew they needed to invest in a new system that would allow them to be competitive and get solidly to the next level. This highly automated systems allowed Empire to consolidate multiple facilities into one while creating a highly efficient wine & spirits distribution system.