Xpedx, a division of International Paper, is opening a new 320,000 square foot mega-distribution center this fall in Aurora, Ill., with increased inventory, a state-of-the-art warehouse management system and an advanced, best-in-class package design center. xpedx will nearly double its Chicago employee base in the expansion.
“Xpedx needs to expand in order to serve our growing customer base in Chicago more efficiently,” said David Watson, general manager, xpedx Chicago. He added that xpedx will deliver packaging, printing, and facility supplies and services to manufacturers, printers and facility managers from the new mega-distribution center.
“The package design center is part of a nationwide network of structural and graphic specialists and engineers that deliver packaging solutions to our customers to improve their product marketing, protection, speed to market and costs,” Watson said. “This design center will support both our xpedx and Fidelity Container customers.”
Mary Laschinger, xpedx president, says the Chicago expansion is an outcome of a nationwide strategy to reposition xpedx distribution centers to grow with its customers.
“Our new mega-distribution centers will be more efficient for our customers and our xpedx business,” Laschinger said. “In recent years xpedx has grown its distribution network through acquisition. Our strategy moving forward ensures we have more ideal geographic locations to grow with customers. We’re also using the mega-centers to help streamline customer purchasing and improve our own cost effectiveness. We look forward to growing with our customers.”
Xpedx recently opened a mega-distribution center in Lakeland, Fla., that is already yielding many customer benefits. The new facility in Aurora (Chicago) will be located at 901 Bilter Road.
Xpedx, a business of International Paper), is one of the largest and premier distribution companies in North America. xpedx distributes a wide variety of print, packaging and facility solutions supplies and equipment to printers, manufacturers, retailers and commercial facilities across North America.