Posted on September 10, 2019

U70 Woodruff, A Sustainable Warehouse


Located near the Michelin North America headquarters in Greenville, South Carolina, the new Southeast National Distribution Center, U70 Woodruff, is the largest warehouse of the Michelin Group worldwide, equivalent to 57 football fields. When fully operational by the end of 2019, it will serve approximately 60 percent of the customers in North America.

This state-of-the-art facility was designed with a focus on sustainability, a detail that is evident from the energy efficiency of the technology to the careful planning and use of natural species in the site’s landscaping.  

Since groundbreaking in November 2016, 96 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfill. Dirt and rocks from earth-moving were re-used in construction, while timber was saved to create office furniture and make mulch for the site. Native azaleas were also removed prior to construction and re-used in the site landscaping.

The warehouse sits on a 461-acre site, which includes 20 percent made of protected wetlands and upland buffer areas that are protected from future development. It also creates a favorable habitat for the native populations as well as for the attraction of other native species such as the Bobwhite Quail.

Energy savings of 63 percent are projected above a baseline energy model, thanks to the use of low-consumption equipment like LED lighting. Additionally, emissions from handling equipment have been eliminated with the inclusion of hydrogen-fueled vehicles within the warehouse. 

U70 Woodruff is in process of being LEED certified. LEED – for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.

To learn more about the site’s sustainable attributes, please see the brochure available for download with this article.


About Michelin North America

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The Company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires.  In addition to tires, the Company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America ( employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants. Forbes magazine has ranked Michelin No. 1 on its annual survey of “Best Large Employers in America” for 2018. Learn more about purpose-driven careers with a purpose-driven company at


Category: Sustainability
Tags: Sustainability, load distribution
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