Liebherr Construction Equipment Company, headquartered in Newport News, VA and responsible for the sales and distribution of the full line of Liebherr earthmoving and material handling equipment in the United States, announced the opening of a new spare parts facility located in Visalia, CA. The new depot is expected to begin operations in early 2015. The facility will support Western US Distribution with localized parts warehousing. The National Parts Distribution Center in Newport News, along with its new distribution center in California, will help expedite parts orders, improve operational efficiency and minimize transit time while increasing customer support.
In addition, the Liebherr Group will begin operation of a new spare parts and logistics center in Kirchdorf, Germany in early 2015. The state-of-the-art facility is expected to serve as its global logistics hub for earthmoving spare parts. The investment value for the first stage of construction is in excess of $143 million USD and covers an area in excess of 505,000 sq. ft. A large part of the investment has gone into implementing highly automated warehouse equipment and software that will enable the logistics center to employ leading-edge performance standards. The new warehouse solutions will allow the group to handle higher volumes of spare parts, reduce turn-around times and guarantee order accuracy for Liebherr customers around the world.
The Liebherr Group is also continuing a significant investment in building improvements, machinery, tools and infrastructure to expand the factory and enhance the warehouse facility at its Newport News, VA location. These renovations are part of the $45.4 million investment announced earlier this year by Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News Co. The Newport News location serves as the headquarters and central warehouse for the Liebherr Mining Division and for four other operating Liebherr companies, including the Liebherr Construction Equipment Company. Major warehouse overhauls include the implementation of a Warehouse Management System (WMS) and wide range of process improvement initiatives consisting of a new racking system, over 100,000 sq., ft. of new epoxy floor to facilitate the heavy traffic and movement of material and eight additional loading docks to speed up the traffic and help with the flow of trucks loading and unloading materials at the facility.
“The opening of the new spare parts and logistics center in Germany, along with the expansion and overhaul of our Newport News operations, and the opening of the parts depot in the western United States, is part of Liebherr’s ongoing commitment to better serve our customers not just throughout the world but also throughout the United States,” said Peter Mayr, President of Liebherr Construction Equipment Co. "This represents a significant step forward in our customer support.”