FINDLAY, Ohio (Aug. 3, 2005) — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. plans to move into a new, 400,000-sq.-ft. distribution center in the Southwest by mid-September.
Located along the I-20 crossing in Grand Prairie, Texas, near Dallas, the facility will be used for warehousing and distributing products manufactured at Cooper's plants for the Southwest, South and Midwest.
Cooper said the facility will utilize the latest in technology with its warehouse management system and specially constructed racks to make use of stacking height and forward shipping area layout. It is equipped with 96 dock doors.
“Cooper's investment in its logistics infrastructure supports our continued growth in the replacement tire market and will significantly expand our distribution network,” said Patricia Brown, vice president, global branding and communications. “Not only will this warehouse continue to enhance the logistics and distribution of our products, it will also increase our already outstanding reputation for excellent customer service.”
The facility will operate five days a week from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cooper said it anticipates hiring 30 additional employees. Distribution center manager Todd Lemke will relocate from Cooper's Cedar Rapids, Iowa, distribution center to manage the new facility.