American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD) has opened its fourth regional mixing center in the U.S. Large enough to hold nearly 1 million tires, the mixing center in the Dallas/Fort Worth area will replenish the inventories of 32 ATD distribution centers in the Southwest. Known as the Alliance Regional Mixing Center, the space spans 756,000 square feet and serves as ATD's hub for the southern region.
“The Alliance Regional Mixing Center rounds out our existing presence on the East and West coasts and in the Midwest,” says David Dickey, chief supply chain officer. “It enhances our customer service by enabling us to deliver tires in two days or less to 88% of our distribution centers. This ability to combine and expedite inventory to distribution centers affords customers the best possible selection of products for sale and service. The facility also increases our network capacity to support our growth initiatives.”
The mixing center, located in Roanoke, Texas, has the capacity to house up to 950,000 tires. About 100 loads of tires move in and out of the facility each week.
ATD also operates mixing centers in Lincolnton, N.C. (near Charlotte); Findlay, Ohio (near Toledo); and Shafter, Calif. (north of Los Angeles). The California site is the largest, with 1 million square feet.
The opening of the Texas mixing center will alleviate pressure from those three other locations, the company says.
ATD says the location is ideal because of its access to land and rail transportation, as well as the competitive tax structure in Roanoke and Denton County. In addition to the transportation options, it is the company's first to be located within a U.S. Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ). Locating within an FTZ enables ATD to contain costs to only the inventory that is being removed and shipped to its U.S. distribution centers. This makes it "a cost-efficient option," the company says.
Nationally, ATD says it serves its customers "with more than 10 million square feet of inventory."
For more information about ATD, visit www.atd-us.com.