Saddle Creek Corp., a third-party logistics provider, is expanding its nationwide network with the addition of two new distribution centers in Chicago and Jacksonville, Fla. The expansion is part of Saddle Creek’s strategic plan to grow both organically and through new business.
From the Chicago facility, Saddle Creek will manage the integrated logistics needs of a major recreational vehicle manufacturer, utilizing approximately half of the 416,000-square-foot facility. The remaining space will be available to accommodate business fluctuations and the needs of other customers.
The Chicago facility is located within the CenterPoint Intermodal Center, the nation’s largest master-planned inland port with direct access to BNSF and Union Pacific terminals. It is designated as a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) and Enterprise Zone. The distribution center will be fully operational by Oct. 1.
Moving to the new Jacksonville distribution center will allow an existing Saddle Creek customer to optimize freight savings, improve transit time, and customize space for its temperature-controlled products. The wine logistics company will occupy 213,000 square feet of the 375,000-square foot multi-customer distribution center.
The Jacksonville facility is food-grade, climate-controlled and located near the port of Jacksonville. The distribution center will be operational this month.