ProLogis, one of the world's largest DC and warehouse developers, plans to develop a new distribution center for Adidas in China. Adidas will distribute its athletic footwear, apparel and other sporting goods from a new building at ProLogis Park Suzhou. This ProLogis complex is located within the Suzhou Industrial Park, one of China's key manufacturing and distribution hubs. The 646,000-square-foot facility will primarily serve markets within mainland China and is due for completion in the second half of this year.
Recreational Equipment Inc., an outdoor equipment retailer known for its in-store climbing walls, has selected Bedford, Pa., as the site of a new distribution center. Construction of the 400,000-square-foot facility is due to begin later this year, with full occupancy scheduled for early 2008. The DC will serve stores in the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast regions. About 350 full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs will be created at the new building, to be located on a 35-acre site at the Bedford County Business Park.
Saddle Creek, a third-party logistics service provider, is expanding its Florida operations with plans to open another distribution facility in Auburnville, Fla., geared to beverage clients. The company, based in nearby Lakeland, currently operates approximately 8.5 million square feet of distribution space nationwide.
Eurinpro, a European real estate developer of distribution properties, will build a new 323,000-square-foot distribution facility near Warsaw, Poland, for GEFCO, a French company that provides logistics services for the automotive industry. The new building is expected to open in April and will replace a current GEFCO facility that measures only 118,000 square feet.
Nashville, Tenn., is the home of Rapid Rack Industries' newest distribution center. The new facility serves East Coast customers of Rapid Rack, which sells shelving products and workbenches, including Gorilla Rack products that help homeowners organize their basements and garages.
AMB Property Corp. is developing a 221,500-square-foot building near Tokyo for Nippon Express, Japan's largest freight forwarder. Construction is slated to begin early this year. Nippon Express also has AMB properties in Chicago, New York, Boston and San Francisco under lease. In another deal, AMB has entered the Chinese market by acquiring a 184,000-square-foot distribution center in Shanghai. The company plans to develop another 185,000square-foot facility on an adjacent parcel of land later this year.