Yokohama Tire Corporation announced it will be opening a new 430,000 square-foot distribution center in Wilmer, Texas, about 15 miles southeast of Dallas. The state-of-the-art, full-service facility is expected to open in summer. It will first be used to distribute Yokohama’s OE tires, followed by passenger car/light truck and commercial truck/bus products in 2022. Yokohama has three other distribution centers in the U.S.: Chino, California, Groveport, Ohio and Auburn, Georgia.
“Yokohama is customer-focused, so we are always looking for ways to minimize the amount of time from when an order is placed to when we can deliver it to a dealer,” said Rick Alonzo, Yokohama Tire’s vice president of supply chain & logistics. “One of our biggest goals is to elevate our customer service and the new location in Texas will accomplish that. “We’ll have better control of having the right products in the right place at the right time, which is a huge benefit for dealers.”
Alonzo added that Wilmer is an ideal location for the new warehouse. “Strategically, southeast Texas – the Dallas/Ft. Worth area – aligns perfectly for expanding our distribution network and allowing quicker delivery to more dealers.”
“We are excited about the partnership with Yokohama Tire and are committed to delivery on the expected timeline for development of this site,” said Wilmer Mayor Sheila Petta. “Yokohama is a globally recognized brand that will further strengthen the business-friendly environment in this region. Our city is one of the fastest-growing within Southern Dallas County and continuing to explode with growth. Labor base, location and regional proximity are our strong points.”
Yokohama worked with Los Angeles, California-based commercial real estate and service and investment firm CBRE (Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis) to secure the land. The developer of the distribution center is Duke Realty, based in Indianapolis, Indiana.
“Duke Realty continues to invest in developing modern, conveniently located facilities that meet the needs of our clients like Yokohama Tire Corporation,” said Jeff Thornton, senior vice president, Texas region for Duke Realty. “Our vertically integrated development model was a great benefit to Yokohama given their expedited delivery timeline. We are proud to be a part of the solution to expand their distribution network and bring additional jobs to the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area.”