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Seneca Niagara Casino

While on vacation, the average person doesn’t realize that material handling is all around them. Luckily, an Edger isn’t the average person and can explain what goes on behind the scenes.

Throughout the summer, MHEDA Edge will feature 3 vacation spots, starting with Niagara Falls, New York. Yes, it’s the destination of honeymooners, thrill seekers and naturalists, but thanks to MHEDA Member E.D. Farrell Company, it’s also the place where material handling keeps the tourists content.

On the American side of the Falls, the Seneca Niagara Casino, owned and operated by the Seneca Nation of Indians, opened on New Year’s Eve in 2002. Two years later, the 82,000 sq. ft. casino began a $250M expansion project to include a world-class hotel. Completed in March 2006, the new Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is a 26-story, 604-room, 147,000 sq. ft. destination resort, featuring 4,200 slot machines and 100 table games, as well as a spa, salon, pool, fitness room, 5 restaurants, 4 retail stores and a 2,200-seat arena.  Not to mention an incredible view of 12,000-year-old Niagara Falls.

Matthew Warne, a sales rep at E.D. Farrell Company, was on hand throughout the expansion project. He sold the customer 25 Yale Class 1, 3, 4 and 5 fork trucks, as well as a host of storage & handling equipment.  E.D. Farrell installed all the receiving and food docks for the Casino, as well as the storage racks. Says Warne, “Time management was crucial, especially when those two docks and the 30,000-pound leveler were transitioned into the hotel structure, which had to be completed by New Year’s Eve 2005.”

The Seneca Nation excels with just-in-time inventory, moving massive amounts of beer, liquor, fresh fish, chicken, vegetables and frozen food into the Casino & Hotel on a daily basis. E.D. Farrell was responsible for engineering $100,000 worth of pallet racking before the coolers, freezers and docks were built, installing Ridg-U-Rak pallet rack in the freezers and providing pallet racking for the lighting used in the Casino’s three entertain-ment venues. Additional racking was provided for the off-site warehouse the Senecas were using at the time—the basement of an empty mall in the Niagara Falls area. “That space became crucial for the storage of 500 ice machines, suite Jacuzzis, foyer tile and carpeting,” Warne explains. The current 150,000 sq. ft. off-site warehousing is near the Casino & Hotel, storing extra carpeting, basins, tubs, beds and ashtrays.

Precision was crucial in the year-long project. “If our racking measurements were wrong, every-thing would have stopped dead in its tracks,” Warne says. E.D. Farrell hopes to be a one-source supplier for the Seneca Nation. “They truly are the nicest people to work with and the Casino & Hotel has been a great economic boost for this community,” Warne adds.  Check it out if you’re in the area!


Did You Know:

12 million visitors come to Niagara Falls each year.

The Niagara generating stations supply a quarter of New York State’s electricity.

16 people have gone over the Falls since 1901.
11 made it.

90% of fish that go over the Falls survive.

The first person to go over the Falls in a barrel and survive was a 63-year-old female schoolteacher.

Niagara Falls is the second largest falls on the globe next to Victoria Falls in southern Africa.

Parts of “Superman” were filmed at Niagara Falls.

20% of the world’s fresh water lies in the Great Lakes, and most flows over Niagara Falls.


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