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World Distribution Services growing Savannah footprint

  • The recently completed WDS warehouse and cross-dock facility is larger and closer to the port. (Mary Carr Mayle/Savannah Morning News)

Ohio-based World Distribution Services has moved its Savannah operations into a larger and newly built warehousing and distribution facility close to the Port of Savannah, the Gateway of American Commerce.

The state-of-the-art 150,000-square-foot facility, with contiguous expansion space, is now fully operational.

Located just five minutes from the port, the Class A facility built by Mahany Construction Co. Inc. of Savannah features 20 dock doors, increased security with cameras, dock and ground level access, indoor loading, crossdock and transload capabilities.

The building is also liquor permitted, USDA and FDA certified, enabling WDS to offer exceptional warehousing and distribution services for customers in the machinery, chemical, automotive, food, beverage, and apparel industries.

The new building, which is half-again as large as the company’s former warehouse, also features room to grow.

The move was made to meet the increasing need for warehousing and distribution space in the region. According to the Journal of Commerce, growing Asian import traffic and e-commerce have been fueling the demand for space, with the port of Savannah having its busiest year ever in loaded container traffic in 2016.

“We are pleased to have taken another step forward in executing our strategic expansion plans on the US East Coast,” said John Morrow, WDS senior vice president. “A critical component part of this development was ensuring additional contiguous space.

“This recent deal includes 100,000 square feet of expansion space in addition to the current 150,000 square feet of warehousing space. This will allow us to continue our commitment supporting our clients’ distribution needs in the Southeast.

“Our clients’ businesses are growing, and so is their need for warehousing space. We are here to meet that need now and in the future.”

As part of The World Group, WDS also has expanded its logistics network with its intermodal drayage company adding a significant number of trucks to support WDS and World Shipping clients.

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ABOUT WDS

World Distribution Services is a leading provider of creative logistics solutions. Its areas of expertise include international and domestic warehousing, distribution services, commercial freight, local and nationwide transportation services and out-of-gauge services. Headquartered in Cleveland, WDS offers 12 strategic warehousing locations across the United States with more coming online.

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