American Tire Distributors of Huntersville, North Carolina, held a grand opening of its new 1 million-square-foot tire distribution center Wednesday at 291 Commercial Blvd. in Blakeslee, Monroe County.
The facility, known as the Pocono Mixing Warehouse, will employ 70 full-time workers and be led by general manager Jennifer Green.
The warehouse, which has 125 dock doors and 200 trailer parking spots will receive and ship more than 2.5 million tires a year, receive more than 3,500 imported containers and ship more than 3,500 full truckloads to more than 140 distribution centers.
It will also ship wheels, tools and automotive supplies, according to American Tire. It is American Tire’s fourth U.S. mixing warehouse.
A mixing warehouse receives bulk supply of products and breaks them into smaller shipments to deliver to other warehouses and stores.
“We’ve created an optimal environment for ATD to ensure that products are in stock and ready to move when our customers need them” said Stuart Schuette, president and CEO of American Tire.
American Tire’s other mixing warehouses are in Maiden, North Carolina; Shafter, California; and Roanoke, Texas.
The Pocono Mixing Warehouse will house all of American Tire’s proprietary and other brands including Hercules, Ironman, Nexen and Dynatrac.
Mark Chandler, senior vice president of supply chain for American Tire, said the warehouse “will have one of the largest SKU assortments of any of our mixing warehouses, making it easier than ever for our customers to receive the products they need, when they need them… There’s no doubt that the largest and longest-serving technology-enabled distribution network is taking the next step forward.”
The warehouse is only receiving tires at this point and plans to start shipments Dec. 3. It will service customers including auto dealerships and stores in the U.S. Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, as well as in eastern Canada.
Officials said that the warehouse is only 15 percent full with 150,000 tires, but when it reaches full capacity will house nearly 1 million.
“We still have about three to four weeks of receiving before we start shipping out,” Chandler said.
The warehouse, which began construction in January created nearly 150 construction jobs.
The opening of the Blakeslee warehouse coincides with the closing of a 400,000-square-foot mixing warehouse in Findlay, Ohio. Blakeslee is an unincorporated community in Monroe County, about 22 miles southeast of Wilkes-Barre, with access to Interstate-80.