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BMW Opens Vehicle Distribution Center In Galveston, Texas

BMW Group opened its newest Vehicle Distribution Center at the Port of Galveston, Texas. Located at 1028 Harborside Drive in Galveston, the fully operational Galveston Vehicle Distribution Center includes more than 44,000 square feet of processing space in two buildings on approximately 20 acres of land.

According to company officials, the facility includes; vehicle inspection, accessory installation, vehicle programming, and vehicle maintenance and storage facilities. BMW's Southern Region is growing rapidly and this new facility will better serve the 45 BMW and MINI dealers within four states (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas) that make up a part of the Region. Through the new facility, BMW Group will import and process approximately 32,500 vehicles annually, which represents an import value of nearly $1.3 Billion.

The facility is fully staffed with a workforce of nearly 40 BMW Group and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics employees and already started receiving shipments of cars for processing this year. "For us at BMW, there is nothing more important than the satisfaction and delight of our customers, and this Vehicle Distribution Center will play a critical role in keeping our customers happy," said Craig Westbrook, Vice President, Customer Experience, BMW of North America. "We are very excited to be here, and be a part of Galveston's economic vitality."

Stephan Reiff, Vice President, Aftersales, BMW of North America said, "building this facility allows us to continue to deliver the highest quality vehicles while providing faster delivery times to our customers."

The facility is owned and operated by WWL VSA under BMW Group on-site management. WWL VSA is a leading global provider of auto processing and outbound vehicle logistics services. "WWL VSA is honored to serve as BMW's choice logistics partner in Galveston, supporting its vehicle finishing needs in preparation for final distribution to dealers in the Gulf region," says Raymond Fitzgerald, President - Atlantic at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL). "This Galveston port facility marks the 63rd processing facility in WWL's global network – a newly constructed and specially designed state-of-the-art vehicle technical services and storage facility that is fully outfitted and customized to BMW's processes, standards and requirements."

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