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TriFactor, LLC.
TriFactor logo
Type [[Company_Type:=Private|Private]]
Founded [[Year_Started:=1983|1983]]
Headquarters Template:Country data US [[City:=Lakeland|Lakeland]], [[State_Name:=Florida|Florida]], [[Country_Name:=United States|USA]]
Contact 2401 Drane Field Road, Lakeland, FL 33811
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TriFactor, LLC, is a privately held material handling systems integrator based in Lakeland, Florida.

Locations and contact information

Corporate offices

2401 Drane Field Road

Lakeland, FL 33811

In addition to its corporate offices, the Lakeland facility also houses the company’s engineering design group and learning center. Regional offices are located in Jacksonville and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Company history

In 1983, OKI Systems, Inc. of Cincinnati, OH, purchased the assets of another material handling company in Lakeland, FL and in 1985 sent one of its salespeople, John T. Phelan, to manage the operation.

In 1993, Mr. Phelan purchased the assets of the Florida business and formed Advanced Handling Systems, Inc. At that time, the company had two operating divisions, one focused on engineered material handling systems and the other on crane and hoist sales. Shortly thereafter, the crane and hoist business was sold.

In 1997, a fully-staff branch office in Ft. Lauderdale opened to serve the North Florida, Georgia and Carolina markets.

In 2001, construction was completed on the Corporate Offices and Design Center, a 16,000 sq. ft. facility was completed, in Lakeland, FL. . The facility also includes a fully equipped multi-media Learning Center.

In 2004, the company opened a Field Operations department to support the installation and maintenance of designed systems.

In 2006, a fully-staffed branch office in Ft. Lauderdale opened to serve the South Florida market. The same year, John T. Phelan, Jr., P.E., became the company’s Chief Operating Officer.

On January 1, 2008, Advanced Handling Systems, Inc. became TriFactor, LLC.

TriFactor building

Core material handling capabilities


•Facility and Operations Design: new building, building expansion, re-engineering

•Slotting Analysis

•Existing System Audits

•Needs Analysis

•Project Management

Systems Support:

•Mechanical and Electrical Installation

•UL 508A Industrial Control Panel Building Shop

•Start-up and Debug

•Planned Maintenance Agreements

•Emergency Service

•Operator and Maintenance Training

•Spare Parts

Systems Integration:

•Case/Carton and Pallet/Unit Conveyors

•Voice, Lights, Paper, RF Order Picking Technologies

•Shoe, Narrow Belt, Pop-Up Wheel and Pusher Sortation Systems

•Pick Module, Pallet Racking, Carousels and Shelving Storage Solutions


Controls and Software:

•PC, PLC and HMI Machine Control

•WMS and WCS Process Routing

Core process: The TriFactor Edge

The components of The TriFactor Edge core process include:

•Needs Analysis: A system to fulfill the customer’s cost and performance objectives.

•Design: The phase that includes cost estimates for all equipment, engineering, labor, project management and training the customer’s staff.

•Implementation: Final drawings are prepared and the equipment is fabricated, installed, tested and adjustments made.

The Trifactor Price Guarantee:" If the project comes in under budget, customer receives a check for the difference. If the project comes in over budget, TriFactor absorbs the difference.

TriFactor Care

A planned maintenance program that utilizes scheduled maintenance to avoid downtime and to lengthen the life of conveyors and other material handling equipment. TriFactor Care may replace in house service technicians.

Educational Seminars

The company conducts free seminars periodically on timely subjects. The presenters are members of TriFactor engineering team. The sessions are generally held in the company’s Learning Center in Lakeland, FL, along with other locations in the state. Information about the seminars is made available by eBulletins, direct mail and the company’s ROI Focus newsletter. They are also announced in the press. The current seminar topics include:

•"Effectively Slotting a Warehouse or Distribution Center for Increased throughput, Quicker Picking, Better Inventory Control and Improved Space Utilization. Presenters: Paul Hansen, Senior Project Engineer and Kelvin Gibson, Project Engineer.

•"Using Picking Technology to Reduce Distribution Costs. Presenters: Craig R. Bertorello, Vice President of Operations and Richard Gillespie, Engineering Manager


•"Farm to Plate: Effective Warehouse Slotting" by Kelvin Gibson & Paul Hansen: National Provisioner, May 2008; Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery Online, April 2008

•"Twelve Most Costly Conveyor Maintenance Mistakes" by Thomas E. Betts: Material Handling Management, May 2008; Beverage Industry, May 2008: Food Manufacturing, May 2008; Packaging Insights Online, July 2008; National Provisioner, September 2008; Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations, October 2008; Asia Pacific Food Industry, September 2008

•"Case Study: Green is the Theme for Pharmaceutical Distributor" by John T. Phelan, Jr.: Supply & Demand Chain Executive Online, August 2008

•"From Manual Handling to Automation Quickly" by Clyde Witt, Editor: Material Handling Management, January 2008

•JJ Phelan Profile by Editor: Industrial Distribution, July 2008

Association and Organization Memberships

Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA)

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

Lakeland Economic Development Council (LEDC)

Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

Cornerstone Regional Development Partnership

The Beacon Council

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