Menlo Worldwide Logistics, the global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc., announced it is expanding its presence in Singapore and breaking ground on a new, 400,000-square-foot warehousing and retail distribution management center on Sunview Way.

The new Sunview Way facility complements and expands Menlo’s existing capabilities in Singapore, where the company provides a wide variety of logistics, warehousing, inventory and transportation management, distribution, fulfillment, light manufacturing and supply chain design and engineering services for local and multinational customers. The four-story centre joins Menlo’s current footprint of seven facilities in Singapore, which support the supply chain operations of customers in aerospace, retail consumer electronics and apparels, automotive, wine and spirits, chemical, and industrial products businesses.

The new center will feature advanced building design and construction materials emphasizing environmental sustainability and high levels of energy and water efficiency to achieve the Singapore Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) Green Mark environmental initiative. This program encourages the use of recognized best practices in environmental design and construction and advanced ‘green’ building performance.

Kelvin Wong, executive director of logistics and professional services, Singapore Economic Development Board, said, ‘Menlo’s decision to establish a regional retail distribution centre in Singapore is a testament to Singapore’s position as a leading supply chain management hub in Asia for consumer and retail business. The centre will add to the suite of specialized logistics capabilities in Singapore, and allow consumer and retail companies to better manage their supply chain in Asia.’

The Sunview Way facility will serve as Menlo’s new base for storage and distribution, high-velocity picking and packing operations, customized labeling and return management services. This integrated facility offers customers a more sustainable tenure of space, the ability to share and leverage existing IT platforms, an experienced management and labor infrastructure, automated product and freight-handling equipment and warehouse management assets. This facility will house 150 employees supporting the multi-disciplined operations.

‘Menlo started in Singapore 15 years ago with one facility and 25 employees,’ said Desmond Chan, managing director, South Asia for Menlo. ‘This expansion marks an important milestone which speaks to our commitment to Singapore and our focus on providing customers with best-in-class facilities, tools and services to increase efficiency and drives value into a wide spectrum of logistics operations and supply chain solutions.’

Menlo’s existing network of seven facilities are located throughout Singapore with 450 employees and provide dedicated and multi-client distribution services. Menlo also operates additional multi-client logistics facilities in Southeast Asia, as well as China, India, Australia, North America and Europe.