By TT News| Apr 08, 2021

Yokohama Tire To Open Distribution Centre For OE Tyres In Texas

Yokohama Tire Corporation will open a new 430,000 square-foot distribution centre in Wilmer, Texas, to distribute its OE tyres. It is expected to open in summer.

The company has three other distribution centres in the US: Chino, California, Groveport, Ohio and Auburn, Georgia. The centre will distribute passenger car/light truck and commercial truck/bus products in 2022.

“Yokohama is customer-focused, so we are always looking for ways to minimise the amount of time from when an order is placed to when we can deliver it to a dealer,” said Rick Alonzo, Yokohama Tire’s  vice president of supply chain & logistics. “One of our biggest goals is to elevate our customer service and the new location in Texas will accomplish that. “We’ll have better control of having the right products in the right place at the right time, which is a huge benefit for dealers.” “Strategically, southeast Texas – the Dallas/Ft. Worth area – aligns perfectly for expanding our distribution network and allowing quicker delivery to more dealers,” he added.

“We are excited about the partnership with Yokohama Tire and are committed to delivering on the expected timeline for the development of this site,” said Wilmer Mayor Sheila Petta. “Yokohama is a globally recognised brand that will further strengthen the business-friendly environment in this region. Our city is one of the fastest-growing within Southern Dallas County and continuing to explode with growth. Labour base, location and regional proximity are our strong points.”

The developer of the distribution centre is Duke Realty, based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“Duke Realty continues to invest in developing modern, conveniently located facilities that meet the needs of our clients like Yokohama Tire Corporation,” said Jeff Thornton, senior vice president, Texas region for Duke Realty. “Our vertically integrated development model was a great benefit to Yokohama given their expedited delivery timeline. We are proud to be a part of the solution to expand their distribution network and bring additional jobs to the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area.” (TT)

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