Fiat Chrysler has officially announced a $12.2 million investment in a new Mopar Parts Distribution Center in Winchester, Virginia. The 400,000-plus square-foot facility is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of this year and will aid in parts distribution to over 200 U.S. FCA dealerships in the Mid Atlantic, East Coast, Midwest and South.
The new parts distribution center, which will cover more than 27 acres, is expected to ship about 9.2 million items annually. About 24 daily outbound shipments will depart via tractor-trailer, with about 10 inbound shipments arriving in the same fashion. Its construction will create more than 70 jobs spread across two separate shifts.
“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 Mopar parts and servie boss Pietro Gorlier. “This helps us to achieve our mission at Mopar of supporting our customers with the products they need to promptly maintain, repair or personalize their vehicles.”
FCA says the Virginia facility is its first new parts distribution center since it erected the Toluca, Mexico, plant in February of 2015 to serve the local market. The new center will use FCA’s World Class Logistics methodologies in order to minimize or eliminate waste and will also be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.