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4 Reasons why a Mezzanine is right for your warehouse



Whenever a company grows beyond its current warehouse capabilities the first thought is “We need to move to a larger warehouse.”  But I am here to tell you that there may be another option that will allow you to stay in your current warehouse.  The answer could be installing a mezzanine in your warehouse.  Wikipedia defines a mezzanine as “a raised platform that is independent of a building structure and is supported by columns.” Mezzanines work great if you have high ceilings, but part of your warehouse has low clearance items such as shelving or some work stations. Which brings me to the first advantage of a Mezzanine:


  • Space


Mezzanines are able to take the space you have already and make it work better for you.  Mezzanines have the ability to increase or even double the square footage of your building without actually expanding outside your current footprint. Many warehouses have high ceilings and this is perfect for a mezzanine.  If you have 1,000 ft x 1,000 ft warehouse then you know you have a 1 million sq ft warehouse.  But you are not taking into account vertical space.  If you have 40 ft ceilings then all of a sudden you have 40 million cubed feet of storage.  Now, odds are you are not going to use every inch for storage, but always remember you have upward direction as well.


  • Cost


Mezzanines are almost always less expensive than deciding to buy or lease a larger warehouse.  Especially when you factor in the cost of actually moving all of your product and equipment from one location to another which may slow down or even halt production. Mezzanines are able to be installed while a warehouse is still operating at 100% with little to no disruption to a normal day.  When every dollar matters, it is important to take the option that will help you continue to operate as nothing is changing.


  • Multi-use


Mezzanines aren’t only for storing product for storage and retail purposes.  You are able to create new office spaces on top of mezzanines and possibly increase the number of employees you are able to hire.  You are able to add an inplant office to the top of the mezzanine and create all new office spaces for existing or new employees.


  • Value


Once they are completed instantly add value to your property.  When you increase your storage space possible resale of the building is almost always going to go up.  Since property taxes tend to be based on the sq ft of your building’s footprint this means that your property tax most likely will not increase.  Adding a mezzanine to your existing facility is almost always less expensive than moving to a new facility.

As you can see there are many reasons that choosing a mezzanine may be the right call for your business and your warehouse.  Mezzanines are versatile and are able to be used for both storage and for possible office space.  They are able to double the usable square footage of your building if you choose to build one that takes up the whole size of your building.


Changes at American Surplus

2015 was a great year for us here at American Surplus.  We set new records in sales and expanded our warehouse so we have even more space now. With these expansions we added some new people to our team and we figured that this would a great chance to introduce you to some of them.  We added 1 new person to our marketing team and 2 new people to our sales department.  While all 3 came on in the 2nd half of the year they all contributed to help make 2015 the best in American Surplus history.

Sean Fahey


Sean is our new hire in the marketing department coming in as a marketing assistant.  He comes to us by way of Brafton in Boston.  He has an extensive background in social media marketing as well as new digital marketing trends.  In just the end of the year he has helped American Surplus grow our social media following by over 150%.  Outside of work Sean is an avid soccer fan.  He is a season ticket holder for the New England Revolution as well as a member of the Rev Army supporters group.  He is also a large music fan attending somewhere between 12 and 20 concerts a year on average.

Chris Canning


Chris is one of our 2 new hires for the sales department.  With an increase of people seeking out used material handling equipment we wanted to make sure we had the right amount of salespeople to meet the needs of all our potential customers.  Chris is a life long Rhode Island native graduating from the University of Rhode Island in 1983.  Before working here at American Surplus Chris has worked for 30 years in the control and service industry.  Outside of work Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and 5 children.  He also enjoys coaching and watching all types of sports.

Matt Hawkins


Matt is our other addition to the sales team.  Matt is also a graduate of URI although slightly more recently.  He graduated from there in 2012.  Before coming to ASI Matt was working in the medical device field working as a salesman for orthopedics. Matt is an avid New England sports fan but says if he had to pick only one team that would be the New England Patriots.  During the short summer weather we have heard Matt enjoys spending his free time on the golf course.

Here you have the 3 most recent additions to our team here at American Surplus.  We hope these new employees as well as our other employees who have up to 20 years of sales experience in material handling will be able to help you with any and all of your needs.