Heineken USA is building a new distribution center in Savannah, Ga. The new Demand Point center, which will be operational early next year, will initially receive about 4,000 container loads annually through the Port of Savannah from its breweries in Holland. From there, the facility will distribute some 7 million cases of Heineken and Amstel brand beverages to customers in the Mid- South and Southwest.
Newell Rubbermaid has opened a 407,612square-foot distribution center in Victorville, Calif. The facility is expected to be at full capacity by October 2008. The company is leasing the facility, which is located in the 2,500-acre Southern California Logistics Centre, under a 10-year agreement with Stirling Capital.
Hanson Logistics has opened a new temperature-controlled facility in Hobart, Ind. Known as the Chicago Consolidation Center, the new facility offers 5 million cubic feet of storage space, including deep freeze (-20 degrees F), frozen (0 degrees F), and cooler (28 to 40 degrees F) storage. Plans call for the facility to be expanded to nearly triple this size.
Johnson & Johnson has opened a 1.4 millionsquare-foot distribution center near Mt. Pocono, Pa. The facility, which employs about 250 people, is managed by GENCO. The 109-door building handles Johnson & Johnson products destined for both retailers and other distribution facilities.
Wal-Mart has quadrupled the size of its distribution center in Tianjin, North China. The facility, which was originally opened in 2003, was the second DC Wal-Mart built in China. It will now be able to supply 90 stores and one Sam's Club outlet, up from the 28 stores it currently handles.
National Retail Systems has announced plans to build a large freight distribution complex in the New York metropolitan area. The company has acquired 100 acres in Jersey City, N.J., within 10 miles of Port Elizabeth. The complex will include two 100,000-square-foot container transload facilities. The yard will be able to hold 3,000 containers or trailers. NRS is also developing an intermodal rail yard with direct access to main rail lines.