Cooper Tire & Rubber announced that it will expand its product distribution network in the U.S. by opening a 1 million square-foot warehouse in Byhalia, Miss.
Cooper will lease the facility, which is currently under construction and is slated to open in the fall of 2018. The project is expected to bring 100 new jobs for the region and the site will be the largest distribution center for the tire manufacturer in the country.
The facility is centrally located among Cooper’s three U.S. tire manufacturing plants in Findlay, Ohio, Texarkana, Ark., and Tupelo, Miss. It will allow cooper to consolidate and distribute products efficiently to customers as well as supply its regional distribution centers, according to the company. The facility will also have the capacity to expand to an additional 400,000 square feet as needed.
“This new facility will enhance our logistics infrastructure, which supports our efforts to offer exceptional service to our customers by helping us get tires to them when and where they want them,” said Bob Sager, Cooper’s director of Supply Chain. “This facility is a complement to our current U.S. distribution network that includes six regional distribution centers and three plant manufacturing warehouses, adding to our capability to be flexible and responsive.”