BendPak is opening a new 100,000-sq.-ft. distribution center near Mobile, AL, to better serve customers in the eastern United States. The administrative and shipping complex, which is expected to be fully operational within 60 days, is located in Theodore, just a short drive from the expanding Port of Mobile. The new facility has easy access to three major interstates and five Class I railroads, helping BendPak to deliver products same-day or next-day to more customers in the eastern half of the country.
“Opening the Mobile distribution center represents our continued commitment to being the industry leader and best at serving our customers. Part of that commitment means reducing delivery times,” said Don Henthorn, BendPak president and founder. “This new facility brings our products geographically closer to our customers and that makes a huge difference.”
The new warehouse will stock all of BendPak’s popular products including its Ranger, QuickJack and Autostacker brands. A future training facility will include a classroom and fully appointed service bay to offer customers a convenient option for quality technical training on BendPak’s expanding product lines.
“This new distribution center will enhance our ability to get our customers what they need, when they need it,” said Jeff Kritzer, BendPak executive vice president. “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, our new home.”
The new distribution center is strategically located in Mobile County, AL, allowing for easy access to I-65, I-10, I-165 and Highway 43. Located in the heart of one of America’s largest logistic hotspots, the new fulfillment operation will offer next-day or two-day delivery to a large share of BendPak’s customer base on the East Coast. BendPak’s headquarters and distribution multiplex in Santa Paula, CA, will continue offering shipping and order fulfilment services to approximately 15 western states. BendPak plans to continue its expansion efforts in order to improve geographic shipping advantages.
“The new distribution center will enable us to efficiently meet the needs of our growing customer base on the East Coast,” said BendPak CIO/CAO Rudy Diaz, who leads BendPak’s data and technology initiatives and administrative operations. “In addition to reduced delivery times and improved customer service, the new location will provide added warehouse and transportation efficiencies, which will ultimately contribute to cost savings for our customers.”
BendPak’s new distribution center features a 3,600-sq.-ft. administrative office space, 15 dock doors, two oversize ramp doors, wet pipe sprinkler system and LED lighting. A 24-foot clear ceiling height will allow a variety of racked and floor storage options.