What started as a 554,000-square-foot speculative development opened as Volvo Group’s 1 million-square-foot Central Distribution Center in northwest Mississippi.
The $70 million state-of-the-art facility supports the company’s Mack and Volvo truck brands, as well as Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo Penta.
The Swedish truck maker closed its regional parts depot in Memphis and consolidated in the larger building located in a sprawling industrial park in Marshall County, Mississippi.
The distribution center was designed to showcase the industry’s best logistics technologies and lean processes within a sustainable and environmentally conscious shell. The orientation of the facility was set to maximize natural daylight throughout the day and reduce energy consumption. Energy usage is kept minimal through the use of innovative building materials, state-of-the-art LED lighting, and a comprehensive building automation system.
Construction started in March 2014 with the facility completed in just over six months. The Central Distribution Center is fully operational for its 250 employees.
Additional land was purchased for a future solar farm, walking trails and a basketball court for employees.