BMW Group today celebrated the official opening of its newest Regional Parts Distribution Center (RDC) in Lancaster, TX. The fully-secured, LEED Silver certified, state-of-the art RDC will serve the Southern Region of the dealer network, and will supply everything BMW dealers need to service their customers.
“Texans continue to show us every year how much they love BMW automobiles and today we can show how much we love Texas,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, speaking at the opening. “You should know that BMW roots in the U.S. are long and deep. We established our corporate presence here almost 40 years ago. And this year, 2014, we are celebrating 20 years of producing BMWs in the U.S.A. BMW directly supports and sustains more than 70,000 jobs in the U.S. and we have just added to that number today with the opening of this new parts distribution center in Texas.”
The RDC totals 282,000 square feet with expansion capabilities to 370,000 square feet. It is the latest demonstration of BMW’s continued dedication to its customers and dealer network in the U.S. and the company’s recognition of the economic importance of the Dallas/Ft. Worth metropolitan area, and the entire Southern Region, to BMW’s success.
“At BMW, we like to not only exceed industry standards, but to redefine them,” said Craig Westbrook, Vice President for Aftersales, BMW of North America. “Overnighting parts to dealerships has long been the industry norm, but with the opening of this RDC in Lancaster, we will provide same day parts delivery to our dealers in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin.”
Built by Prologis, the new Center will store and distribute BMW parts to dealerships in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Combined with the five other Regional Distribution Centers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Mississippi, and California, BMW has more than 80,000 unique part numbers across 2,000,000 square feet of storage space, with more than 400 associates solely dedicated to processing dealer orders daily for the U.S. market.—Scott Blazey
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