- July 28, 2011
- GF Piping Systems
The new 60,000 square-foot logistics center has space for a large product inventory, a sales department as well as a customer reception and specialist-training areas.
July 28, 2011 - GF Piping Systems opened its new warehouse and distribution facility in Atlanta, Georgia. The 60,000 square-foot logistics center has space for a large product inventory, a sales department as well as a customer reception and specialist-training areas. The plant was opened to shorten lead times and provide better customer service in the region. With GF Piping System's North American headquarters in Tustin, California, goods sent from Europe by ship have been unloaded n Los Angeles until now. From there, it's a lengthy ride by truck to eastern parts of the US. With the new distribution center in Atlanta, the logistics chain is greatly shortened. Now goods can be shipped directly from Atlantic ports to Savannah, reducing the sea route by half - over 4,300 miles. The shortened delivery cycle continues by truck as many customers can be reached more quickly from Atlanta. The faster deliveries are also a major improvement for the products shipped from the company's manufacturing plant in Little Rock, Arkansas. Beyond the clear benefit of faster deliveries, closer proximity also means more intensive communication with customers in the region, ultimately providing the company with a much stronger position in the US. Along with the important benefits of improved sales, service and delivery, shorter transport time also translates into reduced emissions into the environment. According to Brian LaBelle, Director of Marketing, the decision to expand to the southeast was well thought-out and planned. "We discussed the project in depth with our end customers and distributors. We wanted to know what they thought of our strategy. The feedback was really encouraging. Our distributors expect the new center will be an advantage for them too." Now in operation, the resulting expansion provides a stronger company presence and faster response times.'' Heading up the Atlanta facility is Jorge Morgan, who moved from the company's Tustin, California headquarters after four years with the company in purchasing. Morgan has 10 years of logistics experience and is well-equipped to manage the dynamics and challenges an undertaking of this size brings. "It's a fast-paced atmosphere here at GF Piping Systems," says Morgan. "The business is constantly developing and that represents a real challenge. I feel my experience in logistics will be a benefit to this new position." With the successful introduction of the Atlanta logistics center, the company plans to open another facility in Pennsylvania to continue the momentum for improving coverage in the US market. The GF Piping Systems' Atlanta facility is located at 5570 Westfield Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30336. GF Piping Systems supplies a full range of plastic pipe, fittings, tubing, valves, actuators, rotameters, fusion machines, secondary containment, tank linings, heat exchangers, custom products, and sensors and instrumentation for industrial process control.Learn More
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