Automotive lift producer BendPak has opened a new distribution centre near APM Terminals (APMT) Mobile to serve the US Gulf, Midwest, East coast and Canadian markets via five Class I railroads.
The new 100 sq ft distribution centre is located in Theodore, Alabama – 11 miles from APMT’s container terminal.
With access to three major interstates and five Class I railroads, the administrative and shipping complex helps BendPak to deliver products same-day or next day more customers in the eastern half of the country.
Don Henthorn, BendPak president and founder, said: “Opening the Mobile distribution centre represents our continued commitment to being the industry leader and best at serving our customers, and part of that commitment means reducing delivery times.
“This new facility brings our products geographically closer to our customers and that makes a huge difference.”
BendPak manufactures and sells automotive lifts used in car dealerships and packing garages and the new warehouse will stock all of its popular products including the Ranger, QuickJack and Autostacker brands.
The company has joined other companies such as Walmart, Amazon, Kia, Airbus, Bonbardier and Mercedes Benz in selecting the Port of Mobile and the state of Alabama as a hub for logistics supply and distribution.
Jeff Kritzer, BendPak’s executive vice president, said: “This new distribution centre will enhance our ability to get our customers what they need, when they need it.
“Today’s consumer expects immediate delivery and we’re focused on helping that become a reality. The definition of Mobile is agile and transportable. We couldn’t think of a more befitting name to call this beautiful city, out new home.”
APMT Mobile handled 419,000 teu in 2019 and recently expanded the Inland Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) for rail cargo as well as expanded the berth in 2020 to accommodate two or more ships at the same time.
Brian Harold, managing director of APMT Mobile, said: “Supply chain flexibility, speed and lower costs create a more competitive edge.
“We are constantly looking for new ways to improve supply chains and attract more business through our port.”
The Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) will begin deepening the Mobile harbour to 50’ starting in 2021 to accommodate the largest vessels and increase the logistics competitiveness for the port.
A new refrigerated warehouse is also being added to enhance the port’s distribution centre attractiveness.