Work is underway at Motion Industries’ distribution center, located in Dallas to enlarge the facility to provide a deeper selection of vendors, industrial supplies, and product lines. The company, a distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts, has more than 550 company locations across North America in addition to 65 Motion Industries branches. The expanded facility and planned increase in inventory is also expected to generate more material-handling jobs.
The new two-story distribution center will house distribution-center offices, Motion's Southwest division offices, a full-scale branch with retail space, and an enhanced showcase area for visitors. Almost 50,000 square feet will be added to the new facility, increasing its size to 156,000 square feet with approximately 50,000 stock keeping units. The center is scheduled to open in March 2017 in the center of the DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) Metroplex. The new address of the building site will be 200 W. Trinity Boulevard, Grand Prairie, Texas.
Motion Industries will also transfer build-shop capabilities from another distribution center to the new facility. Services will include fluid-power conversion, gearbox assembly, cutting rails and shafting, and valve assembly. The Motion team also plans to add a bore-to-size lathe at the Dallas facility and increase shafting and rail stock. According to the company, these capabilities should help accelerate time-to-market for various products.
Dan Krska, the manager of the new facility says, "Our external customers in this region will hopefully benefit from our improved and expanded inventories, which will be available under one roof and reduce freight costs."
Richard Burmester, Senior Vice President and Group Executive of Motion Industries' Southwest Division, adds, "We are very much looking forward to delivering a new high-efficiency supply-chain experience to our customers, to our branches, and to the employees of this distribution center."