BUFFALO, N.Y.-Dunlop Tire Corp. will open a West Coast distribution center in Ontario, Calif., during the second quarter of 1995. The planned 300,000-sq.-ft. facility will house Dunlop, Remington and Centennial brand tires for the Buffalo-based tire maker, thus providing increased service for dealers in Southern California, a Dunlop spokesman said.
``The main reason (for building the center) is service,'' he said. ``There is a slight freight savings, but 90 percent (of the reason) is improved service to our dealers.''
Currently, Dunlop's Remington and Centennial associate brands destined for the West Coast market are stored at and shipped from the firm's Shelby, Ohio, warehouse.
That 720,000-sq.-ft. facility is being scaled down to about a 450,000- to 500,000-sq.-ft. warehouse, the spokesman said.
Dunlop brand tires intended for the Southern California market, however, are stored in a Fresno, Calif., distribution center that is about half the size of the proposed Ontario warehouse.
The company eventually intends to lease or sell its present Fresno facility.
In preparation for the Ontario center opening, the tire marker has moved tires from the Fresno and Shelby warehouses into temporary facilities in California.
The company also intends to open an East Coast warehouse in an existing building outside of Philadelphia, the spokesman said.