Paint and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel, opened a newly-constructed warehouse in La Porte, Texas.
The new facility serves as a hub for all of the company’s Houston-area marine and protective coatings warehouses in one central location.
The facility, which is operated by Palmer Logistics, combines stocking locations for AkzoNobel’s coatings brands, including Chartek, Devoe, International, Interlux and Awlgrip products.
“The new warehouse enables us to offer our customers a more efficient and timelier service,” said Chuck Hampton, AkzoNobel’s marine and protective coatings regional business manager in a statement.
“AkzoNobel is committed to supplying high-quality products,” Hampton said. “In the new facility, we can now build and centralize inventory for each of our product lines in a more structured way, which means increased availability of our products to our customers.”
“We are pleased that AkzoNobel chose to consolidate its warehousing needs into our new facility,” said Palmer Logistics president Brett Mears. “Our business is built on three pillars – safety, reliability and integrity – and our customers and the safe handling of their products is our top priority.”
The consolidation of the regional warehouses started in April. AkzoNobel will finish phasing each product line into the new warehouse by late June. During the transition phase, operations at all involved warehouses will see minimal effects as product is transferred to the new mega-warehouse, and manufacturing operations are not impacted.
The new warehouse will continue to offer will-call service and will remain open for walk-up business for Marine and Protective Coatings customers.
“We will continue to assist our customers with quick turnaround service,” Hampton said. “Additionally, tinting and color-matching service is available at the will-call counter at our new central warehouse.”