On Thursday, the Savannah Economic Development Authority announced that three companies — ONL-RBW Logistics, Distribution Services International, Inc. (DSI) and ICON Health &Fitness — will expand their local footprints, bringing another 90 jobs and $42 million in investment to Pooler.
The announcements are indicators of the domino effect Savannah’s deep water ports are having in the region, especially in the logistics arena.
ONL-RBW has leased a 300,000-square-foot facility that will bring in 36 new jobs and $1 milion in additional investment.
RBW logistics, which opened in Savannah in 2011, partnered with New Jersey based O’Neill Logistics to create ONL-RBW Logistics in 2014. The new location will be the company’s fourth in the Savannah area.
“ONL-RBW Logistics continues to see tremendous growth opportunities with new and existing shippers in Savannah,” said Frank Anderson, RBW president and CEO. “With the increased demand for in e-commerce and fulfillment services, and the unmatched efficiencies of GPA, we see a bright future for growth in the Savannah market.”
DSI will invest some $13 million in one of its three area facilities, providing 35 new jobs. The Birkenhead property, which is located a mile and a half from the Port of Savannah, will expand to 550,000 square feet of warehouse space with 32 indoor rail car spots, 48 dock doors and more than 325 container parking spaces.
“As a locally owned business, we are very excited to deliver our new facility to the Savanah market and continue our aggressive growth with the support of SEDA and all of our local leadership,” said DSI president Justin Redmond.
“The investments in this property will help DSI meet the growing demand for our logistics services from manufacturers and retailers using the port of Savannah. It’s a true win-win for the community.”
ICON Health &Fitness, one of the world’s largest developers, manufacturers and marketers of home and commercial fitness equipment — including Altra footwear, iFIT COACH technology and NordicTrack — says its new building will represent 20 additional job opportunities and an investment of $17 million.
“Fitness and running have become a true lifestyle for a wide range of consumers across the country and around the world,” said Colleen Logan, vice president of marketing for ICON.
“The expansion of our warehouse facilities is a reflection of how important and popular our product categories have become. With our excellent relationship with the Georgia Ports Authority and local developers such as Northpoint it only makes sense for expansion to be in Chatham County. We look forward to continuing to grow our footprint and staying in the area long term.”
SEDA president and CEO Trip Tollison said the expansions are a strong indication of the health the logistics and distribution market in Savannah.
“It is fantastic to have three companies announce in one day that they are choosing Savannah to expand. The Port of Savannah, our stellar workforce and our vast infrastructure continue to be assets that encourage companies to expand and locate in our area.”