Greenville, S.C. (Manfuacturing.net) — KI Logistics today announced its plans to invest $11.5 million to establish its new North American headquarters and logistics facility at The Matrix Business and Technology Park in Greenville County. With the new investment , the company plans to create as many as 149 new jobs over the next several years. The 206,000-square-foot facility will be fully operational by July 2014.
KI Logistics’ parent company, Kimura, Inc., operates a 70,000-square-foot facility in Laurens, S.C., which manufactures steel containers and racks for the automotive market. The company is also well-known for its expertise in logistics and distribution, and has partnered with Drive Automotive, JTEKT and Toyota.
Harry Chase, vice president of logistics for KI Logistics, said in a statement: “Our mission is to provide leading edge logistics capabilities, superior customer service, operational excellence and rapid delivery to support manufacturing customers in industries including automotive, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and general industry arenas. We are extremely pleased to establish our new operations here in Greenville County, and very appreciative for the support and leadership of the Greenville Area Development Corporation, readySC, South Carolina Department of Commerce and others who assisted in making this announcement a reality.”
He added: “Our systems are based on a culture of continuous improvement to enhance results while lowering costs for customers. We intend to make this facility a showcase of our expertise, efficiently assisting clients in optimizing their supply chain and operations while teaching and training a new generation of associates to embrace the lean tools and processes we embrace organizationally. We believe Upstate South Carolina is the ideal location to attract and retain the workforce, and the customers, that we want.”
KI Logistics will begin working with readySC to recruit and train new associates. Those interested in applying for one of the positions, including those for support technicians, customer service representatives, team technicians and forklift drivers should contact their local readySC office or visit them at www.readySC.org.