RALEIGH, NC — Mims Distributing Company (http://www.mimsdistributing.com), a beer distributor that services a nine-county area in and around the Triangle, has announced that it has won the 2012 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance in the industrial category. The distributor received the honor Oct. 9 for the positive impact its recently opened warehouse has made on Raleigh’s visual environment. The facility, located at 8605 Ebenezer Church Road near Interstates 40 and 540 and RDU International Airport, is approximately 144,000 square feet and occupies 13.5 acres.
The high-efficiency building has one of the largest private solar rooftop systems in Wake County, featuring a photovoltaic rooftop net metering system that allows the company to collect and use solar power onsite, and offset approximately 20 percent of the building’s energy needs.
Mims Distributing has installed energy-efficient high-performance insulation, cooling and lighting systems in the new facility, minimizing water consumption through a smart storm water retention strategy that includes a bio-retention pond, the installation of low water use plumbing fixtures and the strategic landscaping of drought-tolerant plants and shrubs. The company began operating at the facility, which was previously a pharmaceutical distribution building, in October 2011. Mims Distributing chose to renovate the building instead of building a new one as part of its mission to be as ecologically friendly as possible.
This is the 30-year anniversary of the Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance recognizing outstanding new contributions to the character, environment and appearance of the City of Raleigh. Since 1983, the Raleigh City Council has presented more than 200 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards to developers, designers, building owners, community groups, civic clubs, churches and citizens. For more information, visit http://www.raleighnc.gov/sirwalterraleighawards.
About Mims Distributing:
Established in 1964 and based in Raleigh, N.C., Mims Distributing Company provides domestic, import and craft beer brands to licensed retailers in nine central N.C. counties — Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren. It is the area’s distributor for all Miller brands, including Miller Lite, Miller High Life and Icehouse. Mims’ imports include Newcastle Brown Ale, Dos Equis, Red Stripe, Palm, Rodenbach, and Sapporo. It handles such craftbrews such as Yuengling, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Magic Hat, Anchor and Narragansett. Mims also carries cider from Crispin and non-alcoholic Arizona Tea. In 2007, Mims received the prestigious High Life Achievement Award from Miller, which recognized its top distributors in the nation. That same year, Mims also won the Newbie of the Year Award from Magic Hat as its best new distributor. In 2009, Mims was awarded Magic Hat’s Pouring Partner of the Year Award as its top distributor in the country. Active in the local community, Mims supports efforts such as the Walk for Hope, and the Frankie Lemmon School. For more information, visit http://www.mimsdistributing.com.