Mazda opens new parts distribution center
Automotive manufacturer Mazda has announced the opening of its new Chicago Parts Distribution Center (PDS) for its Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). The new center, located in Aurora, Illinois, is the last of four that MNAO has opened across the US over the last year. The facility will supply Mazda automotive parts to more than 125 dealers across the Midwest and Canada.
"Mazda is thrilled to expand our presence in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs with this new Parts Distribution Center," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. "Once fully operational, this distribution center will enable us to fulfill orders quickly and efficiently to enhance customer service and satisfaction levels throughout the Midwest. We look to this facility to also reduce our carbon footprint through more efficient delivery planning and tracking, all of which are important Mazda commitments."
The 250,000 sq ft Aurora facility will supply more than $18m in parts inventory to more than 125 dealers in the region and will serve as Mazda's distribution center for domestically sourced parts. The facility is managed by Caterpillar Logistics, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc.The launch of the Chicago PDC is the last in a $20m Parts Distribution Center network expansion that MNAO announced to its dealers in July 2010. The expansion created a network of seven Parts Distribution Centers in North America - five in the US and two in Canada.