A groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 18 at the site of a new regional distribution center that will be opened by Cooper Tire in Whiteland, Indiana. The 1 million square foot facility will replace Cooper’s Franklin, Indiana, distribution center located close to the new site.
“Today’s groundbreaking served as an excellent opportunity to celebrate the construction of this new distribution center that will allow Cooper to continue to provide high-quality service to our customers, and as an opportunity to thank those involved with the project,” said Mike Calabro, Executive Director – North America Supply Chain for Cooper Tire. “We are pleased to be able to hold this event, with proper coronavirus prevention measures in place, to ceremoniously break ground at the site.”
The event was hosted by the town of Whiteland and real estate investment firm Mohr Capital. Representatives from those organizations, along with Mr Calabro and the county’s Aspire Economic Development and Chamber Alliance, addressed attendees.
The new Whiteland distribution center, which is expected to open early next year, will provide the Findlay, Ohio-headquartered tire manufacturer with increased capacity for product storage and a modern design for enhanced efficiencies. The workforce from the Franklin facility will remain in place following the construction of the new building.
One of six regional distribution centers operated by Cooper in the U.S., the Whiteland facility is part of the company’s North America distribution network, which also includes three plant manufacturing warehouses and two mixing warehouses.