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Japan-Based Nakano Warehouse & Transportation Plans Chesapeake, Virginia, Distribution Hub

Nakano Warehouse & Transportation Corp., a Tokyo-based transportation and warehousing company, will establish a new warehouse and distribution facility at Greenbrier North Commerce Park in Chesapeake, Virginia. The $14 million project is expected to create 25 jobs.

“On our 50th anniversary of U.S. operations, we are pleased to partner with the City of Chesapeake and the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Mr. Shinichi Nakano, President and CEO. “August 2023 marks the 100th anniversary of our operations in Japan, and our logistics facility in Virginia will be fundamental to the development of this area.”

“We are excited to welcome Nakano Warehouse & Transportation Corp. to Virginia and are confident that our multimodal transportation system will support the company’s growing distribution operations,” noted Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “The City of Chesapeake’s strategic location and proximity to The Port of Virginia continues to attract and retain supply chain investment, and we appreciate Nakano’s confidence in the Commonwealth.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with the City of Chesapeake, the Hampton Roads Alliance, and The Port of Virginia to secure the project for Virginia.

“The Hampton Roads Alliance is thrilled to join the City of Chesapeake and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership in welcoming Nakano to the region,” added Douglas L. Smith, President & CEO, Hampton Roads Alliance. “Hampton Roads’ strategic location and Chesapeake’s large cluster of international companies, and in particular Japanese firms, make Chesapeake the perfect choice for Nakano’s first East Coast location. Anchored by the Port of Virginia, the Hampton Roads distribution and logistics activities are growing at a record pace, and we have no doubt that Nakano will help continue that trajectory of success.”

Founded in 1951 and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Nakano Warehouse & Transportation Corp. has 10 bases across Japan and a U.S. branch headquartered in California. The company specializes in general truck transportation, airmail handling, freight forwarding, marine transportation, warehousing, trunk rooms, packing industry, correspondence delivery, and importing and exporting. Nakano opened its first U.S. warehouse in Rancho Dominguez, California in 1972.

“Virginia’s expanding port infrastructure and its access to domestic and global markets continue to attract international investment,” said Stephen A. Edwards, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. “We worked diligently with our partners to attract Nakano Warehouse and Transportation to Chesapeake, where it will provide supply-chain management for several companies within the market. The Port of Virginia is always looking for opportunities to collaborate and attract companies with the caliber of Nakano to take advantage of this port, which is the East Coast’s premiere global gateway.”

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