Yokogawa breaks ground on distribution center
by Clay Neely
Yokogawa Corporation of America held its official groundbreaking ceremony for its new distribution center in Shenandoah Industrial Park on Wednesday.
On hand for the ceremony was U.S. Representative Lynn Westmoreland, along with many other local county and industry leaders, who, with Yokogawa employees, braved the cold winds to show their appreciation for the expansion of the Yokogawa facility.
Chet Mroz, president and CEO of Yokogawa Corporation of America, expressed his gratitude toward the Yokogawa family and the attendees of the ceremony and discussed the needs and hopes for their new 60,000-square-foot expansion that will employ 215 new workers. The company expects to increase its full-time North American head count to more than 1,000 by 2015.
“One of the drivers for this center is to meet our customers’ demands due to the fact that the shale gas, the unconventional oil and gas discoveries in America have created low-cost feedstocks for the chemical industry and the power industry and, as a result, there has been a surge in these new and loyal existing customers,” said Mroz.
“This demand required that we expand our ability to deliver products to our customers at a much faster rate,” said Mroz. “Our new facility will increase our order, delivery, inventory management and logistics efficiency and is expected to be the beginning of a vital link to the evolution of Yokogawa’s new distribution network to serve the North American businesses as we expand.”
Mroz explained that the proposed new distribution center would be designed to consolidate and streamline the order fulfilment process for all of Yokogawa’s finished goods, thus helping them to reduce their transportation costs.
“Finally, this new facility will be designed to support the latest and best practices for protecting our environment — recycling the goods we receive and package items with energy efficiency,” said Mroz. “This new center will enhance the standard we have always stood for.”
“Yokogawa is one of Coweta County’s great corporate citizens,” said Coweta County Commissioner Bob Blackburn. “We’re proud to have the North American headquarters of Yokogawa located here and we’re excited to see their expansion. Yokogawa and our other existing industries are a major driving force behind our local economy. We want to thank Yokogawa for making Coweta County’s economy one of the strongest in the state of Georgia.”
“The expansion of our existing industries is a critical part of our economic development strategy in Coweta County, and we are very fortunate to have a company of Yokogawa’s caliber operating successfully in our community for decades,” said Greg Wright, president of the Coweta County Development Authority.
“Yokogawa is a true community partner, and we appreciate all that they have done to help make Coweta County a better place.”