AIT Worldwide Logistics has opened a new facility in Houston.
The two-story, 18,500-square-foot facility expands the company’s network and solidifies its presence in a city known as an oil and energy center, according to the Illinois-based transportation management provider. It is located near the George Bush Intercontinental Airport and the Port of Houston.
The new office is headed by Mike Wilson, AIT’s Houston City director. Wilson has 25 years of experiences in the transportation industry, with special knowledge of Mexican and Central American supply chains.
“The energy sector is continuing to develop with wind power coming into greater prevalence, along with the overwhelming volume of activity in domestic and offshore fossil fuel production,” Wilson said in a written statement. “Both the Port of Houston and the George Bush Intercontinental Airport have a robust capacity for heavy, out of gauge product movement, which is particularly essential when serving the supply chain needs of energy companies.”
“With the widening of the Panama Canal nearing completion, the Port of Houston is ramping up to handle a much larger volume of containers debarking for local and interstate destinations,” Wilson added. “Many products going to or from San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi and Laredo flow through Houston, plus we have ease of access to the nearby Altamira and Tampico ocean ports on Mexico’s east coast.”
As AIT’s operations continue to expand in the region, Wilson noted that new opportunities will present themselves in Western Hemisphere energy hot spots including Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela.
“We are also targeting global business in Middle Eastern, African and Asian markets,” he added.