FCA US has started preliminary work on a new Mopar Parts Distribution Centre (PDC) in Winchester, Virginia. The 400,000-plus square-foot facility, scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2016, expands the Mopar North American footprint to 22 PDCs.
The facility will handle more than 50,000 part numbers distributed to over 200 FCA US dealerships, located primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as some locations in the East Coast, Midwest and South. Once operational, the facility is projected to ship approximately 9.2 million pieces annually. The Virginia PDC’s footprint will cover more than 27 acres.
“The opening of the Virginia PDC will significantly increase our dealer network strength in this important and growing market, improving customer service by delivering faster and more efficiently parts and accessories to dealerships,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. “This helps us to achieve our mission at Mopar of supporting our customers with the products they need to promptly maintain, repair or personalise their vehicles.”
Daily outbound shipments are projected at 24 tractor-trailers, with 10 inbound shipments each day. The Virginia PDC will include two shifts and create more than 70 jobs.
FCA US will invest $12.2 million in equipment for the Virginia facility.
The Virginia PDC is the first since a new parts distribution centre was inaugurated in Toluca, Mexico, in February 2015 to serve the local market, and will add to the Mopar brand’s current network of 53 PDCs (including joint ventures) worldwide.
The facility will be launched under FCA World Class Logistics methodology, which establishes a synchronised supply chain that progressively eliminates waste through the contribution of all employees and the rigorous use of methods and standards that promote an approach of continuous improvement.
The new Mopar PDC will also be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. LEED, administered by the US Green Building Council, is a comprehensive system to define, measure and validate green buildings. Certification in the national recognition programme is based on strict standards in five key areas: site planning, water management, energy, material use and indoor environmental quality.