Just Born, maker of Peeps and Peanut Chews, purchased a 600,710 square-foot warehouse in Bethlehem, Pa., to serve as the central storage and distribution point for all its products.
Global logistic company OHL will provide distribution and transportation management services at the facility in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park V, adjacent to the Delaware River at Interstate 78 and only hours from both New York and Philadelphia. The facility will open in late 2009 and is expected to employ 70 workers when fully operational.
“The close proximity of this distribution center to our plant will help us remain competitive by decreasing our logistics costs and significantly reducing our carbon foot print,” said Matt Petronio, Just Born executive vice president and COO.
By moving the distribution center from Scranton, Pa., closer to its manufacturing facility in Bethlehem, Just Born will eliminate more than 500,000 truck-miles.
OHL will manage a multi-vendor consolidated shipping program from the warehouse. “Consolidating freight with other confectionery companies will allow Just Born to streamline operations,” said Bob Spieth, OHL president of contract logistics. “We appreciate Just Born choosing our knowledge and expertise in warehousing and transportation management to guide them in this process.”
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