With hundreds in attendance, the Volvo Group today celebrated the inauguration of its new 1 million sq.-ft. Central Distribution Center (CDC) in Byhalia, Mississippi. The $70 million state-of-the-art facility supports the company’s Mack and Volvo truck brands, as well as Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo Penta.
Located 25 miles southeast of Memphis, Tennessee, the new CDC represents another major investment in North America by the Volvo Group and employs 250 people. The facility is based near major transportation hubs and infrastructure, thus improving delivery performance and efficiency for dealers and customers.
“The Volvo Group is pleased to officially open its new Central Distribution Center in Byhalia,” said Christer Svärd, senior vice president of Volvo Group Logistics Services. “The new facility represents the hard work and dedication of our community leaders, employees of the new facility and the Volvo Group. The CDC will enable us to more efficiently handle an increased volume of parts distribution, while also significantly improving customer service.”
“This project symbolizes an exciting turning point for Marshall County, and its positive impact on the local economy will extend not only across the county but northwest Mississippi,” said Justin Hall, executive director of the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority. “I’m excited to welcome the Volvo Group to our local community and look forward to the company’s commitment to workforce development, leadership and community stewardship – all of which are already apparent.”
The CDC was designed to showcase the leading logistics technologies and lean processes within a sustainable and environmentally conscious shell. The orientation of the facility was set to maximize natural daylight throughout the day and reduce energy consumption. Energy usage is kept minimal through the use of innovative building materials, state-of-the-art LED lighting and a comprehensive building automation system. Built in just over six months, the facility is now fully operational.