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A M King Continues Relationship with Stevenson Automotive
October 7, 2014
Swansboro, N.C. — A M King has broken ground on a new state-of-the-art automotive dealership, Stevenson Chevrolet, in Swansboro, North Carolina. The design, planning and approval phases, which began in 2013, are now complete. This dealership will be the newest for Stevenson Automotive, owner of multiple dealerships in Eastern North Carolina.

“Stevenson Automotive has an ongoing Design-Build relationship with A M King to ensure that its resources match needs of both the business and customers,” A M King project manager Tyler White said. “A M King worked closely with Stevenson every step of the way on the new facility, a process that has included everything from evaluating the site to the complete design of the facility.”

The new facility will include 30,000 square feet of service and showroom areas in addition to a 5,000-square-foot vehicle detail building. Once the project is complete, the space will allow Stevenson Chevrolet to carry a larger selection of new and used vehicles, and simultaneously service more vehicles.

A M King recently completed the new Stevenson Toyota dealership in Jacksonville, NC. That facility, one of the largest in the Southeast, was designed and constructed with multiple sustainability and energy-saving elements, making it one of the more unique automotive dealership facilities in the state. It involved the improvement of 17 acres of land and required the creation of retention ponds and retaining walls to make the site suitable for development.

Land concerns also presented challenges in the design and construction of the Stevenson Chevrolet dealership.  “A M King faced some unique challenges with the site that turned into an opportunity for preservation of some natural features and the creation of new environmentally-friendly areas,” White said. “Stormwater management will lead to the creation of new wetlands upon completion. Our innovative design also allowed us to maintain numerous existing area of wetlands.”

While site challenges could have negatively impacted the project financially, A M King’s team has worked diligently to keep that from happening.  “Through the collaboration of our design-build team, we were able to develop a number of cost-saving initiatives that mitigated many of the site challenges and will provide Stevenson Automotive with an extremely high quality facility,” White said.

Stevenson Chevrolet’s new facility is expected to be complete in the spring of 2015.

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One of the highest compliments we can get from a client is repeat business
October 21, 2014
Charlotte, N.C. — ALDI, Inc., a national grocery chain, has called on A M King to expand two regional distribution facilities at its existing locations in Webberville, Michigan, and Saxonburg, Pennsylvania. For years, ALDI has relied on A M King for the planning, design and construction of numerous greenfield facilities, expansions and renovations. ALDI knows the A M King team can deliver high-quality services and results that meet their exacting standards without interrupting ongoing operations at ALDI sites.

“ALDI relies on its regional distribution facilities to supply product to its more than 1,300 stores,” said A M King’s Eric Fix, project manager for the Webberville site. “We understand how important it is to help ALDI expand without impeding their ongoing operations, and this requires a significant level of planning and coordination. We must also provide accurate logistics and schedule management to maintain a proper separation between construction activities and any food products entering and exiting the facilities.”

The project teams for both Webberville and Saxonburg also anticipate certain challenges inherent in large and complicated projects, and have planned construction accordingly. This includes dealing with issues such as unsuitable soils, rigorous permitting and approval processes and harsh weather.

“In both locations, we are adding significant areas of dry warehouse and freezer space, renovating existing spaces and expanding parking areas,” said A M King’s Carl Morse, Saxonburg’s project manager. “Applying a fully integrated Design-Build approach allows us to deliver these projects at the greatest value to our client. For example, both of these expansions are being built on difficult soils. Our engineering and construction teams, working together closely, developed innovative foundation designs which mitigated potential schedule and cost impacts.”

Design for the Saxonburg expansion began in January 2014. Construction began in June 2014 and is scheduled to be completed by May 2015. The expansion includes more than 44,000 square feet of new dry warehouse space and more than 61,000 square feet of new freezer space.

Design for the Webberville expansion commenced in May 2014. Construction there is slated to be complete by June 2015. When complete, the facility will have added 60,000 square feet of cold storage space and 40,000 square feet of dry storage space.

“One of the highest compliments we can get from a client is repeat business,” Morse said. “We are thrilled about the relationship A M King continues to build with ALDI as their company grows, and we look forward to seeing these two major expansions to a highly successful completion.”

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24 Hours of booty
July 29, 2014
Riding almost 400 miles on a bicycle in the middle of July doesn’t sound like a lot of fun. But if you were riding with 9 other people in a beautiful setting, and each of you split up the miles, all while raising thousands of dollars for cancer research and survivorship, then it would be a great time.

A group consisting of A M King employees and friends of the company joined hundreds of other cyclists for the 13th annual “24 Hours of Booty” event. From 7 PM on July 25 until 7 PM on July 26, the A M King team, along with 1,200 other riders, circled Charlotte’s well-known “Booty Loop,” a 3-mile route through the heart of the Myers Park neighborhood, located just blocks from A M King’s Charlotte headquarters.

To participate, riders were required to donate or receive a sponsorship donation of $400 to be used for cancer research and to assist cancer survivors in the costs and expenses associated with fighting this disease. A M King sponsored a total of 10 riders, seven of whom are A M King employees. Those riding for Team A M King raised an additional $1,050 of donations through their own efforts, bringing the team’s total donation to $5,050 to support this worthy cause.

“I love cycling, so I jumped on the chance to participate in 24 Hours of Booty with my friends and clients,” A M King project manager Eric Fix said. “This is a huge event in the cycling community, and a fantastic way to raise money for cancer research while having a ton of fun.” Fix raised over $500 in additional funds for the event. “Many of us riding for Team A M King have someone in our lives that have dealt with this disease. I can’t tell you how important it was to us to participate in this event, and know that we are supporting efforts to help others who continue to deal with cancer in their lives,” said Fix.

“We continually look for opportunities to support our community, both as individuals and as a company,” A M King Partner Brian T. King said. “We understand that we have a corporate responsibility to give back to the community that has helped us flourish. If we can do that in a manner which excites our employees, and gives them the opportunity to participate, then that’s a great combination.”

“Our entire Charlotte office, and their families, came out to celebrate this event and to cheer on Team A M King as they rode through 90 degree heat,” said King.  “To see a group of folks this excited and supportive of such an important cause, demonstrates what great people we have within our company. I am already excited about next year’s event and fielding even more riders for our team.”
2014 Calendar

Pack Expo International
11/2/14 - 11/5/14
Chicago, IL
Booth 7053

11/6/14 - 11/9/14
Boca Raton, FL