Ryder System, Inc., a leader in supply chain, dedicated transportation, and commercial fleet management solutions, will invest $44 million in a new, high-tech third-party distribution center in Locust Grove, Georgia. The project is expected to create more than 250 jobs.
The 678,000-square-foot spec building will be located at 355 Davis Lake Road within Phase II of Garner Logistics Park. The company is planning to utilize the building to accelerate growth for its e-commerce and multi-customer warehousing offerings.
“Locust Grove is a growing city in Georgia, so it was a natural fit for our next facility location,” said Steve Sensing, President of Supply Chain Solutions for Ryder. “By increasing our footprint, we improve our customers’ speed-to-market, which is critical in today’s highly competitive environment. We are grateful for the vision and willingness of Georgia's state and local leaders to collaborate with Ryder to make this project possible.”
Ryder currently manages 59 operations and employs more than 2,900 people in the State of Georgia, providing critical supply chain, transportation, and fleet management solutions for more than 50,000 customers throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. The company also manages nearly 235,000 commercial vehicles and operates more than 300 warehouses, encompassing approximately 64 million square feet.
“In today’s environment, speed-to-market is critical for companies of all sizes," said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. "By leveraging Henry County’s real estate assets with our unmatched workforce training programs and extensive logistics network, Ryder will be able to quickly build out their new facility to efficiently meet customer demand." He added, "Many thanks to Ryder for choosing to invest in Georgia, and congratulations to our partners in Henry County for the long-term benefits this project will bring to the community.”
Global Commerce Senior Project Manager Bob Kosek represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development in the competitive project, alongside partners from the Henry County Development Authority, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Georgia Ports Authority, Georgia Quick Start, and Georgia Power.
“We’re excited to see Ryder’s Georgia expansion, and to welcome the new business it will mean for the Port of Savannah,” said Griff Lynch, Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority. “The company’s cargo handling expertise makes their new Henry County location a welcome addition to the state’s private logistics network.”
“We welcome this addition of Locust Grove to Ryder’s already strong presence in the Atlanta metro area, a key U.S. logistics hub,” said Metro Atlanta Chamber President and CEO Katie Kirkpatrick. “Our region is a premier hub for logistics with extensive highways and heavy rail, proximity to ports on the Atlantic coast, and the home of a leading air cargo hub at Hartsfield-Jackson. We congratulate Ryder on this important decision and thank community partners for their support of this project for Atlanta.”