FCA US announced the opening of a new Mopar parts distribution center (PDC) in Winchester, Virginia. The 400,000-plus square-foot facility is the first of two new Mopar PDCs scheduled to open in the US this year, making a total of 22 PDCs in North America.
“Today’s opening adds more than 70 jobs to the Virginia economy and makes the Mopar brand’s delivery of parts to dealers and consumers more efficient,” said Norwood Jewell, UAW vice president and director of the Chrysler Department.
A framed Congressional Record statement issued by Congresswoman Comstock was presented in honor of the official opening of the PDC along with a special Mopar logo, featuring a commemorative plaque and signed by all event attendees.
The new facility, which FCA US invested $12.2 million in equipment, will handle more than 50,000 total part numbers distributed to more than 200 FCA US dealerships, located primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region. It will ship approximately 9.2 million pieces annually.
The facility will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. LEED, administered by the United States Green Building Council, is a comprehensive system to define, measure and validate green buildings. As part of the LEED initiative, the PDC design incorporates more than 80 skylights, filtering in natural light to the workplace.
In addition to the Winchester PDC, FCA US also has announced a $10.4 million investment in a new Mopar PDC located in Romulus, Michigan. That facility will encompass 500,000 square feet and more than 100 workers. Construction is currently in progress on the Metro Detroit facility, with a projected opening in fourth quarter 2017.
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