FINDLAY, Ohio (Aug. 4)—Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is expanding its distribution network in the Southwest U.S. by adding a 400,000-sq.-ft. warehouse near Grand Prairie, Texas.
Located along Interstate 20, the facility will be used for warehousing and distributing products manufactured at Cooper plants supplying the Southwest, South and Midwest. It is scheduled to open in mid-September.
Cooper said the facility will use 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.
The facility will operate five days a week from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cooper said it anticipates hiring 30 additional employees. Todd Lemke, manager of a distribution center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will manage the new facility.