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Out of the garage of the family’s home in North St. Louis County, Bob and Dodie Unnerstall founded National Cart Company. The company started as a service company performing on site steam cleaning and repair of shopping carts.1981: NCC acquired the first company building at 8735 North Broadway in St. Louis City. With 3,000 square feet of space, the company began manufacturing cart corrals and various fabricated products.1983: By repairing the carts used to transport food and retail items from the back room to the retail shelves, National Cart discovered they could make the carts better than the original manufactures. A local grocery store gave them their first big break.
NCC expands with a new addition totaling 5,000 square feet. The addition created much needed manufacturing space for the growing company and included the addition of the first automated shopping cart recycling system. Sales growth came from cart corrals and material handling equipment.
Known as the largest shopping cart in the world, “Big Cart” debuted at the Veiled Prophet Parade. “Big Cart” started out as a company mascot but soon became an entity of its own, NCC Motorsports. As of 2009, there are 7 “Big Carts” proudly promoting goodwill for various grocers and organizations across the country.
The company relocated to 6800 North Broadway with an expanded manufacturing square footage of 15,000 square feet. The building was acquired from a local manufacturer, Gateway Market Products. An aluminum product line, machinery and five associates were part of the acquisition and expansion. Food service related equipment manufactured from aluminum was added to the ever expanding catalog.
The growing business moves to a five acre location at 2080 Exchange Drive in Blanchette Business Park in St. Charles County. The larger new manufacturing plant is 30,000 square feet.
The company expanded to three separate buildings totaling over 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space. NCC West was born and located in Riverside, California to serve the growing list of national accounts.
NCC moved into the new manufacturing facility at 3125 Boschertown Road. With 168,000 square feet, the facility incorporated the latest technologies and green environmental considerations. The building has an abundance of skylights and windows. The drinking water is supplied via our own well and is processed in our own treatment system. The property includes a class 1 treatment plant on site for sewer water. The main lake is enhanced with a fountain and doubles as a home for fish and local water fowl while providing the source for fire protection for the building.
NCC West relocated to Sparks, Nevada. The new 25,000 square feet of manufacturing space will better serve national accounts.
With expanded business comes Phase 2 of the Boschertown Road facility. The addition began in 2002 and was competed in 2003. The complete facility encompasses 288,000 square feet of manufacturing space. An enhanced aluminum manufacturing line featuring a closed loop cleaning system is included in the addition.
NCC is awarded Star B.R.I.T.E. Award which stands for Business Recognized in True Excellence. The award recognized the contributions of leading businesses in St. Charles County.
National Cart completes a national rollout of 250,000 custom distribution carts over a 2 year time frame.
The NCC Strategic Planning Team committed to Lean implementation by partnering with MSOE (Milwaukee School of Engineering) for the journey. Lean enterprise utilizes a set of tools to identify and eliminate waste in any process throughout the entire enterprise supply chain. Adding value in any operation or process the customer is willing to pay for, generally by changing the shape or form of the product. Waste is anything other than the minimum amount of people, time, equipment, material, parts and space required to add value to the product.
National Cart’s core value logo summarizes the operating philosophies that guide our internal and external conduct along with our customer relationships. We believe that we must listen to our customers and design products that enable them to perform their duties Safer, Better, and Faster while embracing our lean operating philosophies of improving the quality and speed of production within a safe work environment.
National Cart Co supports green initiatives with the development of their Recoated Shopping Cart Program. Carts are stripped down to the bare metal and all welds and wires are repaired. Then two layers of powder coat are added along with new accessories. The Recoated Carts appear, perform, and are warranted like new.
NCC West relocates to Reno, Nevada. The 66,240 square foot building was purchased to accommodate growth throughout the western United States.