Lowe’s Opens New Bulk Distribution Center in Shippensburg
July 30, 2019
Lowe’s announced today that it has opened a new bulk distribution center in Shippensburg. The 1.2 million-square-foot facility received its first shipment of goods this week and plans to begin shipping appliances next month out of the newly constructed logistics center at the United Business Park.
The new distribution center will bring more than 100 new jobs to Franklin County and will help Lowe’s improve and speed delivery to customers across the Northeast. The facility will provide daily shipments of appliances and other bulky items such as riding mowers, grills and patio furniture to Lowe’s cross-dock facilities for last-mile delivery to customers.
Lowe’s worked with Matrix Development Group and the Cumberland Valley Regional Development Corp. to bring the new facility to the United Business Park, a 350-acre, state-of-the-art logistics center off Interstate 81 in Shippensburg.
“This is a major win for our community and for the United Business Park,” said Stephen Christian, executive director of the Cumberland Valley Regional Development Corp. “Lowe’s could have placed this facility anywhere along the I-81 corridor, and they chose Franklin County for our strong business climate, excellent workforce and best-in-class industrial park.”
The Shippensburg distribution center will replenish inventory at more than 130 stores, serving locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey and New York
“Adding this facility enables us to provide faster and more reliable delivery for our customers, which improves their overall delivery experience,” said Robin Bornkamp, Lowe’s vice president of supply chain strategy and network. “It will help ensure that we have inventory in the right place, at the right time and in the right quantity to meet our customers’ needs.”
Last year, Lowe’s announced it is investing $1.7 billion to transform its supply chain over the next five years. The company is building a network of bulk distribution centers and cross-dock facilities to coordinate deliveries at a market level and reduce inventory at regional distribution centers and stores. These changes will free up space and associates in stores and enable next-day delivery service for a broader range of products. The dedicated delivery network also will give customers a more consistent experience across all of Lowe’s channels and communities.
Penske Logistics will run and staff the Shippensburg facility for Lowe’s. In the coming weeks, warehouse workers and forklift drivers will begin picking and shipping appliances. Penske is now hiring, and interested applicants can visit https://penske.jobs/ to learn more and apply for available roles.
“We’re excited to expand our existing relationship with Lowe’s, and we truly appreciate their close cooperation. We’ve worked together very closely to get this new facility operational,” said Marc Althen, president of Penske Logistics. “We’re especially pleased to be adding more than 100 new jobs here in this community as a result of our work together.”
Lowe’s has additional distribution facilities in Pittston, Pottsville, Bethlehem and Mt. Pocono, and operates 83 stores in Pennsylvania. The company employs more than 15,000 people in Pennsylvania.
For more information on available sites at the United Business Park, visit UBPSites.com or call 717-264-7101.
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 18 million customers a week in the United States and Canada. With fiscal year 2018 sales of $71.3 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,200 home improvement and hardware stores and employ approximately 300,000 associates. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports its hometown Charlotte region and all communities it serves through programs focused on creating safe, affordable housing and helping to develop the next generation of skilled trade experts. For more information, visit Lowes.com.